LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- People across the world are uniting in praise and honor today and remembering the life of renowned poet Dr. Maya Angelou.
Angelou was no stranger to our desert community. She was in our midst many times over the years—leaving lessons and impressions wherever she went.
Angelou, a Renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, died Wednesday morning at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, her son, Guy B. Johnson, said in a statement. The 86-year-old had been a professor of American studies at Wake Forest University since 1982.
News 3’s Reed Cowan has more on the famed poet and legendary author's impact on Las Vegas.
Many dignitaries lauding Angelo, including Sen. Harry Reid who said in part today “Maya Angelou has transformed millions of lives and challenged each of us to approach life with great courage.”
Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today on the passing of legendary poet and civil rights leader Maya Angelou.
“Today, the world has lost one of its most powerful voices. I am terribly saddened by the loss of such an advocate for humanity. Through the power of her words, legendary poet, author, and civil rights leader, Maya Angelou has transformed millions of lives and challenged each of us to approach life with great courage. The wisdom and love Maya shared with this nation and our world will never be forgotten. She will certainly be missed, as no one can ever replace her style, eloquence, and dedication to people of all walks of life. Her words and deeds will undeniably reverberate for generations.
"As we celebrate the life of Maya Angelou, may her legacy of equality, tolerance, and peace live on."