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3. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)

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Maya Angelou was one of the most inspirational women of the 20th century. The author, poet, dancer, actress and singer had published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry and was credited with a list of plays. But it was not the quantity of literature she wrote, it was revolutionary person she was that made her so remarkable. Maya, a citizen-activist, was not involved in politics, but still had the ability to influence political decisions and opinions. One of her most noteworthy public moments was when she performed On the Pulse of Morning at former president Bill Clinton’s inauguration.

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