Author Maya Angelou, an author and poet, dies at the age of 86 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Maya was also known for her work as a performer, civil rights activist and college professor. In 1969 Maya published her first book “I know why the Caged Bird Sings”. In 2011 President Barack Obama awarded her with the highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
(MARCH 25, 1965) Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. completed a march protesting the denial of voting rights to blacks. King led thousands of protesters walking about 12 hours a day from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama sleeping in fields along the way.