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Maya Angelou: In her own words

EWN looks at some of Maya Angelou's poignant & moving moments on video.

US poet Maya Angelou reads a poem during a ceremony to present Archbishop Desmond Tutu the William J Fulbright Prize for International Understanding in November 2008. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - She was the Renaissance woman whom many people looked to for comforting words of advice in a chaotic world filled with uncertainty and hurt.

Maya Angelou, who died today at the age 86, was mother to many.

Having struggled through difficult periods in her own life, Angelou was open to sharing her knowledge and experience, as she does in this video clip taken from an episode of Oprah's Master Class.

Angelou, who had a tumultuous early life, often spoke of her deep love for others.

The author and poet won three Grammy awards for her spoken word albums. She was also nominated for a prestigious Pulitzer Prize, for her poetry book Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie, and a Tony, for her role in the play Look Away.

Speaking to Time last year, she revealed she felt she had never written as well as she would have liked.

Angelou was acutely aware that many people looked to her for advice, and she made an effort to "live what I teach".

Share some of your favourite Maya Angelou video moments in the comment section.

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