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Maya Angelou is well known for her civil rights activism as well as her poetry and writing for which she won several awards including two NAACP Image Awards in the outstanding literary work category.

But did you know that Maya Angelou also danced? When she was young, Angelou studied dance in San Francisco. She dropped out at 14, but her passion for dance did not die there. Maya Angelou was a striking six feet tall making her a striking performer. She performed at many different venues showing off her unique and amazing stage presence.

Maya Angelou died on May 28, 2014, but her strength and wisdom continue to encourage and inspire people today.