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Watch Children Recite Maya Angelou's Poetry | Maya Angelou

UpdatePosted 05/29/2014 12:25PM

See These Adorable Children (and More) Recite Maya Angelou's Poetry

Originally posted 05/28/2014 12:55PM

Amid the sorrow of Maya Angelou's death, the news has also given us a renewed appreciation for Angelou's life.

The acclaimed author, who died Wednesday morning at the age of 86, touched the lives of many through her work, which included the groundbreaking memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and decades of political activism.

But of all of Angelou's varied accomplishments, it was likely her poetry that earned the writer her youngest fans. Simple, lyrical and emphatic, Angelou's verses were as easy to learn as they were hard to forget.

To honor Angelou's memory, let's look at her work as filtered through the joy and self-assurance of a younger generation.

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Billy Crudup Reads Son's Poem – as Meryl Streep Looks On

Billy Crudup Reads Third-Grade Son's Poem – as Meryl Streep Looks On

Originally posted 04/26/2014 08:45AM

When Billy Crudup took the stage Thursday night at the Academy of American Poets' Poetry & the Creative Mind gala in New York City, no one knew he'd be introducing a new voice in the literary world.

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