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R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou (Video)

Local news report on the passing of an international treasure. We are deeply saddened by the passing of spiritual sister-mother to many, inspiration to all, Dr. Maya Angelou. Born Marguerite Ann Johnson, the legendary poet, author and social commentator left this earthly realm yesterday morning. She was 86 years old. Her son, Guy Johnson, issued this statement:

Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8 a.m., EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.”

Choked up as we may be over this news, we can say this. Very few in the modern era can say they have spoken to and for ALL of us – the most powerful to the least thought of – lifting up all who heard or read her words; but never putting herself ahead of anyone. Anyone, ANYONE who lives four score and six years about whom that can be said MUST have lived a full life. Cry for a moment, because loss hurts. But please, find joy after the mourning. We were better for knowing Dr. Angelou in some capacity. It seems only right that we honor her by striving to be our best, as she seemed to see and celebrate the best in us.

Rest In Power, Dr. Angelou.

(See photos, remembrances and more after the jump.)

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