Former President Bill Clinton called her a "national treasure."
Jesse Jackson said, "When she spoke, people listened. When she wrote, people read."
Oprah Winfrey said, "She moved through the world with unshakable calm, confidence and a fierce grace."
Yet the powerful impact of renowned poet Maya Angelou went beyond celebrities and diplomats. Although she passed away in May, her work continues to inspire people from all walks of life.
The Tampa Bay Times will partner with Hillsborough County Public Schools to present a tribute to Maya Angelou at the Brandon Barnes & Noble, 122 Brandon Town Center from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The salute will include a panel discussion, poetry readings and art inspired by her work. The panel will feature Times book editor Colette Bancroft, poet and St. Leo faculty member Gianna Russo, poet and Florida Humanities scholar Phyllis McEwen and Strawberry Crest High School English teacher Magnolia Allen.
The artwork will come from the Winthrop Town Centre arts factory and will be presented by Bryant Martinez.