- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Sen. Mark Pryor says Maya Angelou’s life was shaped by her childhood spent in the Arkansas town of Stamps and Arkansans will forever be grateful for her impact on the world.

Angelou, who moved back and forth between Stamps and San Francisco as a child, died Wednesday. She was 86.

She gained acclaim for her first book, her autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” making her one of the first African-American women to write a best-seller.

Pryor says Angelou’s time in Stamps helped shape her outlook on life as well as her future music, literature and poetry. He says Arkansas and the nation will be forever grateful for her “courage, talent, and impact on our world.”