News broke Wednesday, May 28, 2014, that beloved poet and author Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86. Reaction has since been swift from both celebrities and politicians, who through their social media platforms, recognized Angelou and her phenomenal achievements.
Read below to hear what some of the biggest names had to say.
President Barack Obama: "Today, Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time – a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman. ... Like so many others, Michelle and I will always cherish the time we were privileged to spend with Maya. With a kind word and a strong embrace, she had the ability to remind us that we are all God's children; that we all have something to offer. And while Maya's day may be done, we take comfort in knowing that her song will continue, "flung up to heaven" – and we celebrate the dawn that Maya Angelou helped bring."
Oprah Winfrey: "I've been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister, and friend since my twenties. She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. 'When you learn, teach. When you get, give,' is one of my best lessons from her. But what stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it's how she lived her life. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds."
Bill Clinton: "With Maya Angelou's passing, America has lost a national treasure; and Hillary and I, a beloved friend. The poems and stories she wrote and read to us in her commanding voice were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace. I will always be grateful for her electrifying reading of "On the Pulse of Morning" at my first inaugural, and even more for all the years of friendship that followed. Now she sings the songs the Creator gave to her when the river 'and the tree and the stone were one.'"
Beyonce: "Rest in peace phenomenal woman."
But still, like air, she rises. Yes Ma'am. Rise. Rise. Rise. #MayaAngelou— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) May 28, 2014
Today the world lost one of it's greatest gifts. I'm sending love to the friends and family of Maya Angelou.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 28, 2014
Saddened by the news of Maya Angelou's passing. A brilliant woman who contributed so much to the world. Her light will be sorely missed.— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) May 28, 2014
Saddened by the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou. Grateful for all she taught us with her words & spirit. Will never forget how she made me feel.— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) May 28, 2014
Thank you, Maya, for your power, your politics, your poetry. We need you more than ever. Rest in peace.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) May 28, 2014
RIP Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014), you were truly an inspiration. Re-tweet to show respect. pic.twitter.com/gQOwrJ8awN— Kevin Hart (@ItsKevinHart) May 28, 2014
The world lost an incredible woman today who inspired me and millions of others. #RIP Maya Angelou— Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) May 28, 2014