by Bob Minzesheimer)
Maya Angelou wrote seven memoirs and more than a dozen collections of poetry. Among the highlights:
• I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969): A best-selling coming-of-age memoir that relives how she was raped at the age of 8, and stopped talking to everyone but her brother.
• Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die (1971): The first of her poetry collections.
• All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986): Explores Angelou's experiences living in Ghana with her son from 1962 to 1965.
• On the Pulse of Morning (1993): The poem Angelou read at President Clinton's first inauguration, which ends, "And say simply/Very simply/With hope - / Good morning."
• A Brave and Startling Truth (1995): The poem Angelou read at the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, dedicated to "the hope for peace, which lies, sometimes hidden, in every heart."
• A Song Flung Up to Heaven (2002): Her sixth memoir, which describes her friendships with both Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X and her reactions to their assassinations.
• Letter to My Daughter (2008): A collection of essays about her life that notes, "I gave birth to one child, a son, but I have thousands of daughters."
• Mom & Me & Mom (2013): Her final memoir, about her mother who disappeared when Angelou was 3, only to reappear a decade later, "the mother I came to adore."