Maya Angelou is looked at as one of the most profound Black women of all time.  She is known for her Autobiographies as well as her uplifting poetry, but before that she was a huge part of the Civil Rights movement along side Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X.  She also composed music for movies, wrote articles, short stories, produced plays, lectured at universities all over the country, and served on various committees.  Maya also appeared on the big screen being a part of the Roots television series.

She is definitely an icon within the black community and well loved and respected.