Maya Angelou: 1928 - 2014

Highlights from the life of the renowned poet and civil rights activist.

  • Oprah Winfrey laughs with poet Maya Angelou during the taping of Oprah's Surprise Spectacular in Chicago � John Gress / Reuters

  • Maya Angelou receives a Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington � Larry Downing / Reuters

  • Obama attends the funeral of Dorothy Height in Washington � Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

  • To match Reuters Life! WOMEN-AWARDS/ � Lucas Jackson / Reuters

  • U.S. poet Maya Angelou speaks during a ceremony to honor South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in Washington � Jim Young / Reuters

  • South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu kisses the hand of poet Maya Angelou during a ceremony to honor Tutu with the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding Award in Washington � Jim Young / Reuters

  • Media mogul Russell Simmons escorts poet Maya Angelou to her seat at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington � Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

  • Poet Maya Angelou speaks at Coretta Scott King funeral service in Lithonia Georgia � Jason Reed / Reuters

  • Poet Maya Angelou gives thumbs up to delegation at Democratic convention in Boston. � Reuters Photographer / Reuter

  • Poet Maya Angelou speaks during second night of Democratic National Convention. � Reuters Photographer / Reuter

  • Poet and author Maya Angelou (L) performs onstage with publisher and talk show host Oprah Winfrey (R.. � Jim Bourg / Reuters

  • Publisher and talk show host Oprah Winfrey (L) rests her head on the shoulder of poet and author May.. � Jim Bourg / Reuters

  • ANGELOU POSES WITH DISNEY PERFORMERS AT DEDICATION. � Reuters Photographer / Reuter

  • Historian and educator Dr. Maya Angelou speaks with a reporter following the unveiling of the immers.. � Jim Ruymen / Reuters

  • POET ANGELOU READS AT DISNEY DEDICATION. � Reuters Photographer / Reuter

  • JANET JACKSON RECEIVES AWARD FROM ANGELOU AT LADY OF SOUL AWARDS � Reuters Photographer / Reuter