Arkansas Officials Pay Tribute to Maya Angelou

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Reaction is coming in from around the world to the death of Maya Angelou.

The legendary poet, author and entertainer died this morning at her home in North Carolina. She was 86 years old.

Her death comes less than a week after Angelou announced she would not attend the 2014 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon, where she was to be honored, citing "health reasons." Last month, she also canceled an event in Fayetteville, Arkansas, because she was recovering from an "unexpected ailment" that left her hospitalized.

Here are some of the tributes being paid to Angelou by Arkansas officials: 
  • U.S. Senator Mark Pryor - "My prayers go out the family, friends, and loved ones of Dr. Maya Angelou. An Arkansas native, Dr. Angelou’s childhood in Stamps helped shape her outlook on life, as well as her future music, literature, and poetry. Our state and nation will be forever grateful for her courage, talent, and impact on our world." 
  • Gov. Mike Beebe - "Maya Angelou will always remain an Arkansas and American treasure. She drew from a troubled and painful childhood to write books and poems that have inspired countless others. From Stamps, Arkansas, to the steps of the U.S. Capitol for President Clinton's inauguration, Maya Angelou showed how strength, determination and honesty can take us all to the heights of greatness." 

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