IAM Mourns Legendary Author Maya Angelou

The IAM mourns the passing of trailblazing author and poet Maya Angelou, a literary voice who championed human and civil rights through several generations. She was 86.

Angelou is best known for her 1969 autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” which chronicled the cruelty of the Jim Crow South. She worked closely with the likes of Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated on Angelou’s 40th birthday.

“The IAM and the rest of the labor movement thanks Maya Angelou for telling her stories of suffering and injustice and in turn helping change this country for the better,” said IAM General Vice President Dora Cervantes. “She was a warrior for equality, a champion for human rights and a role model for women from all walks of life.”

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“Maya Angelou made waves with her words and inspired people of all backgrounds to stand up against racism and bigotry,” said IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux. “She was a voice for working people and an advocate for compassion and understanding. We mourn her death and honor her legacy.”