Perhaps best known for her award-winning autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the 86-year-old author influenced countless people through her graceful words, cadence of speech and civil rights activism. Even in her last days, Angelou continued to inspire many with a thought-provoking Twitter account filled with her own passionate ideas and quotes, including this final Tweet from May 23.
Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou) May 23, 2014
As news spreads about the passing of the world-renowned artist and teacher, celebrities, fans and colleagues are expressing their condolences and sharing personal memories of Angelou. Using the poet's words – as well as their own – here's how Russell Simmons, Kelly Rowland, Sesame Street and more are honoring the impressive legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou.