May 28, 2014
A singular voice has, today, passed from our midst. We were privileged to have known her, honored to have called her friend. It is with deep sorrow that we acknowledge the passing of Maya Angelou, one of the most renowned and influential individuals of our time.
To the world, Maya Angelou, while a multifaceted talent, was perhaps best known as celebrated poet, activist, artist, educator, and historian. To the National Museum of African Art, she was our advocate, our cheerleader, and honorary chair of our national campaign. With people everywhere, we will continue to learn from and be inspired by her exemplary life and work.