Maya Angelou passed away this morning at her home in South Carolina. Here, she reads on the occasion of President Clinton's first inagural.
The New Republic did not always look kindly on Angelou. Here, Leon Wieseltier offers a critical take on the choice to to have her read at the inaugural.
Here, John McWhorter looks at the poet's representations of her race. McWhorter concluded, "I don’t quite see how readers can find art in these books, but it must be said that she has helped to pave the way for contemporary black writers who are able to enjoy the luxury of being merely individuals, no longer representatives of the race, only themselves.'"