Dr. Maya Angelou, a major figure in the civil rights movement, has passed away at the age of 86. Sources indicate that Dr. Angelou passed away sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning at her home in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Angelou, a Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University, was born April 4, 1928, in St. Louis. At 14, she became San Francisco’s first black female cable car conductor, and in the 1960s, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. asked Angelou to serve as northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Angelou received many accolades, including dozens of honorary degrees, the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000 and the Lincoln Medal in 2008.