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Remembering Dr. Maya Angelou

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The world is mourning the loss Wednesday of the phenomenal literary figure and woman, Dr. Maya Angelou.

“African Americans began writing the blues and some of the spirituals even are really indistinguishably from blues, whether it's how long, baby how long has that even train been gone,” sang Dr. Maya Angelou in a 2010 interview with The HistoryMakers' Executive Director Julieanna Richardson.

“She has an amazing memory. She at one point was quoting 18th Century African American female poets. One poem after the other rolling off her tongue,” said Richardson in an interview with FOX 32’s Tisha Lewis.

Many know Angelou as the extraordinary orator, poet and literary legend. DuSable Museum's Dr. Carol Adams shares some less known details about the famed dancer turned author.

“A self-taught individual in many respects because although she didn't have a formal college education she spoke many languages,” said Adams, President and CEO of Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History.

Adams hosted Angelou during a visit to Chicago in 1991. Angelou was being honored by the ETA Creative Arts Foundation in Greater Grand Crossing.

“She hung out with us until the place closed down. She danced, she talked with everyone, she had a great time,” said Adams.

Runako Jahi was also there and describes Angelou as every woman.

“Not pretentious at all. She's like a relative, a family member, she has that type of personal that's very inviting and welcoming,” said Jahi, Artistic Director at the ETA Creative Arts Foundation.

Angelou visited Chicago several times including an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show. While the two shared a close bond they also shared their love for the big screen.

“Many people don't know that she was a screen writer and actress,” said Jahi.

What we do know is the imprint Angelou leaves behind.

Five facts you should know about Maya Angelou

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