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Portraits of Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou, though not a native of North Carolina, found a profound connection to the state, particularly in Winston-Salem, where she resided and made significant contributions. As a celebrated figure at Wake Forest University, she left an indelible mark as an educator and influencer. Angelou’s multifaceted career encompassed roles as a civil rights activist, actress, and renowned author, earning recognition including Grammy nominations, a Pulitzer Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her legacy continues to resonate, shaping both North Carolina and the broader landscape of the United States.