Today marks the 84th birthday of world renowned poet and author, Dr. Maya Angelou. For decades Angelou has not only penetrated through African-American culture with her enduring works of poetry, she has also earned a long list of accolades including three Grammy Awards.
In celebration of Dr. Angelou’s special day we take a look at some of her most notable public appearances.
Let us know your favorite Maya Angelou appearance in the comments section.
Maya Angelou attends Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular at the United Center in Chicago.
President Barack Obama presents poet and author Maya Angelou with the 2010 Medal of Freedom in the White House.
Maya Angelou speaks during the AARP Magazine's 2011 Inspire Awards in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Maya Angelou poses at the Special Recognition Event for The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Dr. Maya Angelou attends her 82nd birthday at a party with friends and family at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Dr. Maya Angelou, recipient of the 2009 Buoniconti Fund Humanitarian Award, speaks onstage at the 24th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner in New York.
Dr. Maya Angelou and former U.S. President Bill Clinton attend the 2009 Women of the Year hosted by Glamour Magazine in New York City.
Writer Maya Angelou attends the memorial celebration for Odetta at Riverside Church in New York City.
Actress/host Niecy Nash and Dr. Maya Angelou attend the 34th Annual AWRT Gracie Awards Gala at the New York Marriott Marquis.
Actress Sigourney Weaver and poet Maya Angelou attends the 2009 Straight for Equality awards at the Marriott Marquis.
Poet Maya Angelou reads a poem during a ceremony to present Archbishop Desmond Tutu of Cape Town, South Africa with the William J. Fulbright Prize for International Understanding.
Hillary Rodham Clinton holds the hand of Dr. Maya Angelou during a conversation in front of an audience at Wake Forest University.
Poet Maya Angelou reads her poem 'Amazing Peace' during the 2005 Christmas Pageant of Peace and National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Maya Angelou speaks at the Women In Film and Hallmark Channel Reception at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Coretta Scott-King, who is the widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., and Maya Angelou speak to members of the media in the Bronx, New York.
Maya Angelou laughs at the Abyssian Development Corporation's tenth annual Harlem Renaissance Day of Commitment in New York City.