Today we had to say goodbye to literary legend Maya Angelou. Her published work inspired fans and garnered respect from her peers. A civil rights activist, she used her rhythmic poetry to shed light on the struggles of African Americans and illuminate our journey. In her life span she's connected with luminaries and the cultural elite—influencing everyone from politicians to entertainers. Take a look at some of the stars she left an imprint on.

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Maya Angelou and Hilary Clinton


Maya Angelou, Alicia Keys, and Oprah


Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey

Maya Angelou and Barack Obama



Maya Angelou, Ashford and Simpson, and Janet Jackson

Maya Angelou and Coretta Scott King

Maya Angelou and Cicely Tyson

Maya Angelou and Bill Clinton

Maya Angelou, Michelle Obama, Willow Smith, Jill Scott, Cicely Tyson, and Queen Latifah
Lee Daniels and Maya Angelou