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Maya Angelou interviews with ABC 7's archives

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(WJLA) - Poet Maya Angelou was found dead Wednesday morning inside her North Carolina home by her caretaker, but her legacy as a writer is already cemented in history.

Mike Conneen talks to Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou at the Warner Theater

Angelou had ties to D.C. community

ABC 7 twice had the privilege of interviewing Angelou. In 2010, Cynne Simpson traveled to North Carolina where she spoke with the revered author in her living room. The two discussed the work habits kept by Angelou, then in her early 80s, as well as her legacy as a writer and beginnings as a dancer.

"My grandmother raised me, taught me that when you get, give. When you learn, teach. With those two dictates, you can live a life of honor, a respectful life and a generous life."

More recently, NewsChannel 8's Mike Conneen spoke with Angelou at Washington's National Theater where she was attending a fundraiser for the D.C. Charter Schools that bear her name. The star-studded event drew big names, including performances from Grammy award-winning rapper Common, jazz vocalist Patti Austin, harp master Jeff Majors, R and B singer Lil' Mo and the soul duo "Kindred."

“I'm blessed that the men and women who put their effort their energies, their incredible intelligence into keeping these schools alive are doing it in my name. I’m blessed and I’m grateful,” Angelou said.

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