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May 28, 2014 10:45 AM

The sorrowful announcement of Maya Angelou’s death on Wednesday has many celebrities looking back on how this phenomenal woman touched their lives.

Perhaps best known for her award-winning autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the 86-year-old author influenced countless people through her graceful words, cadence of speech and civil rights activism. Even in her last days, Angelou continued to inspire many with a thought-provoking Twitter account filled with her own passionate ideas and quotes, including this final Tweet from May 23.

As news spreads about the passing of the world-renowned artist and teacher, celebrities, fans and colleagues are expressing their condolences and sharing personal memories of Angelou. Using the poet’s words – as well as their own – here’s how Russell Simmons, Kelly Rowland, Sesame Street and more are honoring the impressive legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou.

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From 10 Questions with Maya Angelou

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