Internationally celebrated author, poet and activist Dr. Maya Angelou has died at age 86.
Angelou, a longtime civil rights pioneer, also publicly supported same-sex marriage during her lifetime. The New York Times reported that in 2009, Angelou placed three phone calls to New York state senators, including Senator Shirley L. Huntley, urging them to back marriage equality.
Angelou, who had a home in Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood, “felt compelled to speak out because she believes that legalizing same-sex marriage is a matter of social fairness — a subject that has been a theme of her writing,” according to the Times’ Jeremy W. Peters.
See Peters article here.