Maya Angelou at Clinton Inauguration

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 1993 file photo, U.S. President Bill Clinton reaches out to hug poet Maya Angelou after she delivered the inaugural poem during his inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C. Angelou, a Renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, has died, Wake Forest University said in a statement Wednesday, May 28, 2014. She was 86. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 20, 1993 file photo, U.S. President Bill Clinton reaches out to hug poet Maya Angelou after she delivered the inaugural poem during his inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C. Angelou, a Renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, has died, Wake Forest University said in a statement Wednesday, May 28, 2014. She was 86. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Poet and author Maya Angelou died in her North Carolina home on Wednesday. She was an actress, singer and dancer who later became best known for her poetry and books. H

er works dealt with family, powerful women, poverty and segregation with the theme that all of us are important and valuable.

Angelou read her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton in 1993.

One of her best-known poems was “Still I Rise.” ”You may write me down in history. With your bitter, twisted lies. You may trod me in the very dirt. But still, like dust, I’ll rise.”