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Writer Maya Angelou sautes some onions and peppers in the kitchen of the Sugar Bar restaurant Monday, Sept. 29, 1997, in New York, where she spent the day cooking a meal as a guest chef for a benefit dinner later in the evening. Proceeds from the five course dinner she prepared were to be donated to the Betty Shabazz Foundation. (AP PhotoRob Schoenbaum)
Writer Maya Angelou sautes some onions and peppers in the kitchen of the Sugar Bar restaurant Monday, Sept. 29, 1997, in New York, where she spent the day cooking a meal as a guest chef for a benefit dinner later in the evening. Proceeds from the five course dinner she prepared were to be donated to the Betty Shabazz Foundation. (AP Photo/Rob Schoenbaum)
Maya Angelou laughs when she hears a familiar anecdote about her friend Jessica Mitford, during a memorial celebration Monday, July 29, 1996 in San Francisco. Mitford, a.k.a. Decca Treuhaft, who died of lung cancer on Wednesday, July 24, 1996, in her home in Oakland, Calif.,, is remembered as the Queen of Muckrakers and best known for her investigative book, The American Way of Death. Mitford was 78. (AP PhotoRobin Weiner)
Maya Angelou laughs when she hears a familiar anecdote about her friend Jessica Mitford, during a memorial celebration Monday, July 29, 1996 in San Francisco. Mitford, a.k.a. Decca Treuhaft, who died of lung cancer on Wednesday, July 24, 1996, in her home in Oakland, Calif.,, is remembered as the "Queen of Muckrakers" and best known for her investigative book, "The American Way of Death." Mitford was 78. (AP Photo/Robin Weiner)
Maya Angelou answers questions at her portrait unveiling at the Smithsonians National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Paul MorigiAP Images for National Portrait Gallery)
Maya Angelou answers questions at her portrait unveiling at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery)
Left to right, Kim Sajet, Richard Kurin, Cicely Tyson, Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Johnnetta Cole, Ross Rossin, Eleanor Holmes Norton and Amb. Andrew Young pose for a photo at Maya Angelous portrait unveiling at the Smithsonians National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Paul MorigiAP Images for National Portrait Gallery)
Left to right, Kim Sajet, Richard Kurin, Cicely Tyson, Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Johnnetta Cole, Ross Rossin, Eleanor Holmes Norton and Amb. Andrew Young pose for a photo at Maya Angelou's portrait unveiling at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery)
Maya Angelou, left, talks with Johnnetta Cole, director of the National Museum of African Art, at Maya Angelous portrait unveiling at the Smithsonians National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Paul MorigiAP Images for National Portrait Gallery)
Maya Angelou, left, talks with Johnnetta Cole, director of the National Museum of African Art, at Maya Angelou's portrait unveiling at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery)
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Cicely Tyson, Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey pose for a photo backstage at Maya Angelous portrait unveiling at the Smithsonians National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Paul MorigiAP Images for National Portrait Gallery)
Cicely Tyson, Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey pose for a photo backstage at Maya Angelou's portrait unveiling at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery)
Dr. Maya Angelou speaks on race relations at Congregation Bnai Israel and Ebenezer Baptist Church on January 16, 2014 in Boca Raton, Florida.(Photo by Jeff DalyInvisionAP)
Dr. Maya Angelou speaks on race relations at Congregation B'nai Israel and Ebenezer Baptist Church on January 16, 2014 in Boca Raton, Florida.(Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Maya Angelou, sitting, author Joyce Carol Oates, back left, writer Gay Talese and Norman Mailer Center president and co-founder Lawrence Schiller, right, attend the 5th annual Norman Mailer Center benefit gala at The New York Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 in New York.(Photo by Evan AgostiniInvisionAP)
Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Maya Angelou, sitting, author Joyce Carol Oates, back left, writer Gay Talese and Norman Mailer Center president and co-founder Lawrence Schiller, right, attend the 5th annual Norman Mailer Center benefit gala at The New York Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 in New York.(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
(Left to right) Former Aflac Director Robert L. Wright, current Director Robert Ben Johnson, Executive Vice President Erik Seldon, Executive Vice President Teresa White and Senior Vice President David Pringle celebrated Aflacs annual Amos Award given to best-selling author, educator, historian, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist and former United States Poet Laureate, Dr. Maya Angelou last night. (AP Images)
(Left to right) Former Aflac Director Robert L. Wright, current Director Robert "Ben" Johnson, Executive Vice President Erik Seldon, Executive Vice President Teresa White and Senior Vice President David Pringle celebrated Aflac's annual Amos Award given to best-selling author, educator, historian, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist and former United States Poet Laureate, Dr. Maya Angelou last night. (AP Images)
In this Jan. 14, 2012, file photo, Maya Angelou speaks after receiving the Literary Arts Award during the BET Honors at the Warner Theatre in Washington. Angelou hopes for a time when Black History Month will no longer be needed to explain the contributions of African-Americans in America. We want to reach a time when there wont be Black History Month, when black history will be so integrated into American history that we study it along with every other history, she said in an interview from her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. (AP PhotoJose Luis Magana)
In this Jan. 14, 2012, file photo, Maya Angelou speaks after receiving the Literary Arts Award during the BET Honors at the Warner Theatre in Washington. Angelou hopes for a time when Black History Month will no longer be needed to explain the contributions of African-Americans in America. "We want to reach a time when there won't be Black History Month, when black history will be so integrated into American history that we study it along with every other history," she said in an interview from her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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Maya Angelou, left, and Oprah Winfrey share laughs during a star-studded double-taping of Surprise Oprah A Farewell Spectacular, Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Chicago. The Oprah Winfrey Show is ending its run May 25, after 25 years, and millions of her fans around the globe are waiting to see how she will close out a show that spawned a media empire. (AP PhotoCharles Rex Arbogast)
Maya Angelou, left, and Oprah Winfrey share laughs during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Chicago. "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is ending its run May 25, after 25 years, and millions of her fans around the globe are waiting to see how she will close out a show that spawned a media empire. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Poet Maya Angelou, left, greets director Lee Daniels at a garden party in honor of Angelou at Angelous home Thursday, May 20, 2010 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP PhotoNell Redmond)
Poet Maya Angelou, left, greets director Lee Daniels at a garden party in honor of Angelou at Angelou's home Thursday, May 20, 2010 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu hugs author Maya Angelou as she delivered a tribute to him at the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding Award Ceremony, Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, at the State Department in Washington. (AP PhotoGerald Herbert)
South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu hugs author Maya Angelou as she delivered a tribute to him at the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding Award Ceremony, Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Maya Angelou Receives Honorary Doctorate from Shenandoah University. (PRNewsFotoShenandoah University, Matthew Lofton)
Maya Angelou Receives Honorary Doctorate from Shenandoah University. (PRNewsFoto/Shenandoah University, Matthew Lofton)
Martha Stewart Maya Angelou In this photo released by The Martha Stewart Show, host Martha Stewart, left, poses with Dr. Maya Angelou on the set of The Martha Stewart Show, in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008. Stewart presented Angelou with the Martha Stewart Living Legend Award during the telecast. (AP PhotoThe Martha Stewart Show, Anders Krusberg)
Martha Stewart Maya Angelou In this photo released by "The Martha Stewart Show," host Martha Stewart, left, poses with Dr. Maya Angelou on the set of "The Martha Stewart Show," in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008. Stewart presented Angelou with the Martha Stewart Living Legend Award during the telecast. (AP Photo/The Martha Stewart Show, Anders Krusberg)
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Clinton 2008 Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., right, and poet Maya Angelou, left, acknowledge the crowd during a campaign stop at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., Friday, April 18, 2008. (AP PhotoChuck Burton)
Clinton 2008 Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., right, and poet Maya Angelou, left, acknowledge the crowd during a campaign stop at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., Friday, April 18, 2008. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Washington Mayor Marion Barry, center, and his wife Cora Masters Barry, left, look on as poet Maya Angelou speaks at the MCI Center in Washington Thursday Oct. 22, 1998 prior to the start of a Tribute to the Legacy of Marion Barry. Once dubbed Mayor for Life - a moniker that fell into disuse upon his cocaine conviction - Barry was honored Thursday as the man who defined urban politics in the nations capital for three decades. (AP PhotoTyler Mallory)
Washington Mayor Marion Barry, center, and his wife Cora Masters Barry, left, look on as poet Maya Angelou speaks at the MCI Center in Washington Thursday Oct. 22, 1998 prior to the start of a Tribute to the Legacy of Marion Barry. Once dubbed "Mayor for Life" - a moniker that fell into disuse upon his cocaine conviction - Barry was honored Thursday as the man who defined urban politics in the nation's capital for three decades. (AP Photo/Tyler Mallory)
In this Feb. 14, 1996 file photo, United States Poet Laureate Maya Angelou, right, performs a special Valentines Day concert with Valerie Simpson, center, and Nick Ashford of the legendary RB group Ashford and Simpson, in New Yorks Paramount Theater. Nick Ashfords longtime friend and former publicist told The Associated Press that Ashford died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 in a New York City hospital. He had been suffering from throat cancer and had undergone radiation treatment. (AP PhotoRisasi Dais, File)
In this Feb. 14, 1996 file photo, United States Poet Laureate Maya Angelou, right, performs a special Valentines Day concert with Valerie Simpson, center, and Nick Ashford of the legendary R&B group Ashford and Simpson, in New York's Paramount Theater. Nick Ashford's longtime friend and former publicist told The Associated Press that Ashford died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 in a New York City hospital. He had been suffering from throat cancer and had undergone radiation treatment. (AP Photo/Risasi Dais, File)
Poet Dr. Maya Angelou speaks during a memorial service for Betty Shabazz at Riverside Church in the Harlem section of New York Sunday, June 29, 1997. The widow of Malcolm X died last Monday, nearly a month after she was burned in a fire at her home. More than 2,000 of Mrs. Shabazzs friends, relatives and admirers paid a buoyant and affectionate tribute to her Sunday. (AP PhotoEmile Wamsteker)
Poet Dr. Maya Angelou speaks during a memorial service for Betty Shabazz at Riverside Church in the Harlem section of New York Sunday, June 29, 1997. The widow of Malcolm X died last Monday, nearly a month after she was burned in a fire at her home. More than 2,000 of Mrs. Shabazz's friends, relatives and admirers paid a buoyant and affectionate tribute to her Sunday. (AP Photo/Emile Wamsteker)
Newly sworn-in U.S. President Bill Clinton reaches out to hug poet Maya Angelou after she delivered her inaugural poem on the west steps of the Capitol during inauguration ceremonies in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 1993.
Newly sworn-in U.S. President Bill Clinton reaches out to hug poet Maya Angelou after she delivered her inaugural poem on the west steps of the Capitol during inauguration ceremonies in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 1993.
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Sen. Edward M. Kennedy shown with three of this years six women in the field of communications who received the thirteenth annual Matrix Award from the New York Chapter of Women in Communications, Inc. in New York on Monday, April 11, 1983. From left, the winners are Jane Bryant Quinn, contributing editor, Newsweek and Womans Day Maya Angelou, author and Mary McGrory, syndicated columnist, The Washington Post. (AP Photo)
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy shown with three of this year's six women in the field of communications who received the thirteenth annual Matrix Award from the New York Chapter of Women in Communications, Inc. in New York on Monday, April 11, 1983. From left, the winners are: Jane Bryant Quinn, contributing editor, Newsweek and Woman's Day; Maya Angelou, author; and Mary McGrory, syndicated columnist, The Washington Post. (AP Photo)
This is a scene from ABCs 1977 miniseries Roots with actress Cicely Tyson with baby and Maya Angelou in background. Angelou received an Emmy nomination for her role as Nyo Bobo in Alex Haleys television miniseries. (AP PhotoABC)
This is a scene from ABC's 1977 miniseries "Roots" with actress Cicely Tyson with baby; and Maya Angelou in background. Angelou received an Emmy nomination for her role as Nyo Bobo in Alex Haley's television miniseries. (AP Photo/ABC)
U.S. first lady Betty Ford, third from right, poses with six other women who took part in the taping of the television special presentation of Ladies Home Journal Woman of the Year 1976 in New York City, Thursday, April 8, 1976. From left are, Betty Furness, Bettye Caldwell, Maya Angelou, singer Kate Smith, Ford, Dr. Annie D. Wauneka and Micki King. (AP Photo)
U.S. first lady Betty Ford, third from right, poses with six other women who took part in the taping of the television special presentation of Ladies' Home Journal "Woman of the Year 1976" in New York City, Thursday, April 8, 1976. From left are, Betty Furness, Bettye Caldwell, Maya Angelou, singer Kate Smith, Ford, Dr. Annie D. Wauneka and Micki King. (AP Photo)
Maya Angelou, a 6 foot multi-talented ex-Arkansan, has been hired as Hollywoods first black woman movie director, November 3, 1971. Shell write the script and music, as well as direct Caged Bird, which is based on her best-selling 1969 autobiography. Shes been a professional singer, dancer, writer, composer, poet, lecturer, editor, and San Francisco streetcar conductorette.(AP Photostf)
Maya Angelou, a 6 foot multi-talented ex-Arkansan, has been hired as Hollywood's first black woman movie director, November 3, 1971. She'll write the script and music, as well as direct "Caged Bird," which is based on her best-selling 1969 autobiography. She's been a professional singer, dancer, writer, composer, poet, lecturer, editor, and San Francisco streetcar conductorette.(AP Photo/stf)
American poet and writer Maya Angelou shown on Dec. 15, 1992 in Washington, D.C. (AP PhotoDoug Mills)
American poet and writer Maya Angelou shown on Dec. 15, 1992 in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
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