Maya Angelou died last night at the age of 86. Many tributes to the poet and author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will be forthcoming — her career was a long one, a diverse one, and a titanic one. For readers of a particular age, one of their first encounters with Angelou was seeing her read a poem, "On the Pulse of Morning," at President Bill Clinton's 1993 inauguration ceremony. She was only the second poet to present at an inauguration, the first being Robert Frost, who read "The Gift Outright" for John F. Kennedy in 1961. Watch her read below (courtesy, William J. Clinton Presidential Library):
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