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05/30/2014 02:13 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

The Erasure Of Maya Angelou’s Sex Work History

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2012, file photo, Maya Angelou speaks after receiving the Literary Arts Award during  the BET Honors
FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2012, file photo, Maya Angelou speaks after receiving the Literary Arts Award during the BET Honors at the Warner Theatre in Washington. Angelou hopes for a time when Black History Month will no longer be needed to explain the contributions of African-Americans in America. "We want to reach a time when there won’t be Black History Month, when black history will be so integrated into American history that we study it along with every other history," she said in an interview from her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Dr. Maya Angelou, American Poet Laureate, most famous for authoring I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, passed away at age 86 on May 28th, 2014. Her literary agent Helen Brann confirmed the news to press, and thus began a worldwide outpouring of grief. The top trending tag on Twitter was “RIP Maya Angelou” and, at the time of this writing, it is one of four Maya Angelou-related trending hashtags.

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