Prof. Maya Angelou died on Wednesday 28th at the age of 86. She was one of America’s best-known writers, particularly admired for her poetry and autobiographical writing. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) was a very frank account of her childhood that would call for some of the content warnings mentioned in the previous post. Much of her energy went into the advocacy of civil-rights for black people. Her dedication to this cause and her writing about the many painful episodes in her personal history were combined with an unflagging sense of humour which was evident in the many public appearances she made.