Maya Angelou dies at 86

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Ms. Angelou is embraced by the political left as a standard bearer of identity politics for her literary meditations on racism and sexism.

However, she is a committed Christian, and her surprising defense of Clarence Thomas’ controversial 1991 nomination to the Supreme Court was widely seen as a turning point in the explosive political battle that preceded his eventual confirmation.

Ms. Angelou also touched on the horrible kidnappings in Nigeria and on her faith in the CurrentSee interview. “I’m trying to be a Christian,” she told Mr. Williams. “I’m always amazed when people walk up to me and say, ‘I’m a Christian.’ I always think, ‘Already? You’ve already got it?’ I’m working at it. And at my age I’ll still be working at 96.”

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