Maya Angelou was a poet, educator, and activist. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000. She is most well-known for her series of seven autobiographies, including "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander, & Arnold Rampersad — W.E.B. Du Bois & the American Soul." Find more at onbeing.org.