Poet Maya Angelou Dies at 86

Bestselling author, poet, playwright and civil rights activist Maya Angelou died today after a long illness. With twelve bestselling titles to her credit, Angelou is known throughout the world for messages of hope that transcend race and class. Angelou’s multi-volume autobiography and many books of poetry have proven her to be one of America greatest writers.

Maya Angelou was interviewed twice on WHYY’s Fresh Air. First by Terry Gross in 1986, and then in 1990 by guest host Marty Moss-Coane.

Terry Gross’ 1986 Interview

Marty Moss-Coane’s 1990 Interview