(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Poet and author, Dr. Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.

FOX News Radio's Lisa Brady looks back at her life:

Writer, professor, Grammy-winner, activist. Maya Angelou's poetry ushered in the Clinton administration at the 1993 inauguration:

Angelou: "The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change. Here on the pulse of this fine day."

A prolific author, her autobiographical "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" spent two years on the New York Times' 'Best Sellers' list.

Angelou asked to be remembered as a woman "who loved the language."

Angelou: "Say simply, very simply-- with hope, good morning." (applause)

Lisa Brady, FOX News Radio.

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READ a statement by the President on the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou:

"When her friend Nelson Mandela passed away last year, Maya Angelou wrote that "No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again, and bring the dawn."

Today, Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time - a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman. Over the course of her remarkable life, Maya was many things - an author, poet, civil rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer. But above all, she was a storyteller - and her greatest stories were true. A childhood of suffering and abuse actually drove her to stop speaking - but the voice she found helped generations of Americans find their rainbow amidst the clouds, and inspired the rest of us to be our best selves. In fact, she inspired my own mother to name my sister Maya.

Like so many others, Michelle and I will always cherish the time we were privileged to spend with Maya. With a kind word and a strong embrace, she had the ability to remind us that we are all God's children; that we all have something to offer. And while Maya's day may be done, we take comfort in knowing that her song will continue, "flung up to heaven" - and we celebrate the dawn that Maya Angelou helped bring."

READ Wake Forest University's Statement on the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou

"Today members of the Wake Forest University community mourn the loss of beloved poet, author, actress, civil rights activist and professor Dr. Maya Angelou. Dr. Angelou was a national treasure whose life and teachings inspired millions around the world, including countless students, faculty, and staff at Wake Forest, where she served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies since 1982. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Angelou's family and friends during this difficult time.  Details about a campus memorial service may be shared at a later date."

Katie Neal ('03) Executive Director, News & Communications Wake Forest University