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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Dr. Maya Angelou speaks at the 11th Annual UNCF Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon at the Westin Saturday, June 29, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Actress Lynn Whitfield, left, greets Dr. Maya Angelou at the 11th Annual UNCF Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon at the Westin Saturday, June 29, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    - DANIEL COSTON
    Emmy Award-winning actress Lynn Whitfield greets poet and author Maya Angelou.
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    YALONDA M. JAMES - Staff Photographer
    (06.28.2008)--The United Negro College Fund's regional development director, Marilyn Baldwin Richards, addresses a crowd of 700 women during the 6th annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead luncheon at the Westin Hotel on Saturday, June 2, 2008. The legendary poet and actress Dr. Maya Angelou, who recently turned 80, received the UNCF's lifetime achievement award. - YALONDA M. JAMES - yjames@charlotteobserver.com
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    JASON E. MICZEK - THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER
    More than 700 people attended the Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon Saturday (6/28/08) at the uptown Westin hotel. Pictured is Dr. Angelou speaking to the media before the event. JASON E. MICZEK - Special to the Observer
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    WENDY YANG - Associated Press
    World-renowned poet Maya Angelou smiles during the first annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, June 28, 2003. Four women leaders who have made outstanding career achievements were honored. (AP Photo/The Charlotte Obersver, Wendy Yang)
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    - DANIEL COSTON - SPECIAL TO THE O
    Kristine Matthews, manager of Neiman Marcus at SouthPark mall, joins famous poet Maya Angelou during "Cocktails and Conversation," a fundraiser for the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, located at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Held July 16 at the store, guests gathered to hear a talk by Angelou and Dr. John McConnell, CEO of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Women chat during "Hat-it-tude" judging before the UNCF Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon._ Poet Dr. Maya Angelou honored Gov. Bev Purdue with a lifetime achievement award and recognized seven more outstanding women during the UNCF/Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon. The event was held on Saturday June, 23, 2012. Another facet of the event was "Hat-ti-tude" a contest where women attendees can win prizes for bedecking themselves with their best and most unusual headwear. JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
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    Maureen A. Coyle - MAUREEN A. COYLE - mcoyle@charlo
    (06.25.11) Corlice Burns looks in a mirror before the beginning of the 9th Annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon at the Westin Charlotte Hotel in uptown Charlotte. The events of the day included a hat competition with multiple categories, a luncheon, and a poem recitation by Angelou. Hats were sold in the lobby outside the luncheon and came in many bright colors. MAUREEN A. COYLE - mcoyle@charlotteobserver.com
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    Maureen A. Coyle - MAUREEN A. COYLE - mcoyle@charlo
    (06.25.11) Gig Dixon, right, informs Eddyce Hobson, left, that she has been selected as one of the finalists in the "Sassy" category of the HATittude! Competition at the 9th Annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon at the Westin Charlotte Hotel in uptown Charlotte. The competition selected women wearing outstanding hats and gave awards in five categories. Dixon is one of the co-chairs of the HATitude! Committtee. The events of the day included a hat competition with multiple categories, a luncheon, and a speech and poem recitation by Maya Angelou. MAUREEN A. COYLE - mcoyle@charlotteobserver.com
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Kelly Starnes, of Fort Mill, SC posed for a photo wearing a "Fascinator" hat Saturday during the "Hat-it-tude" of the UNCF Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon._ Poet Dr. Maya Angelou honored Gov. Bev Purdue with a lifetime achievement award and recognized seven more outstanding women during the UNCF/Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon. The event was held on Saturday June, 23, 2012. Another facet of the event was "Hat-ti-tude" a contest where women attendees can win prizes for bedecking themselves with their best and most unusual headwear. JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jessica Rotkiewicz - jrotkiewicz - Jessica Rotkiewicz - jrotkiewicz
    Dr. Yvette Bessent-Grier (left) along with Beverly Hunt, Kellie Mccorvey, Lesa Keley, Vivian Mitchell and Dr. Joyce Waddell stand with their winning trophies after the Hat-i-Tude event during The Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon held at the Westin on Saturday June 20th. JESSICA ROTKIEWICZ - jrotkiewicz@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jessica Rotkiewicz - jrotkiewicz - The Charlotte Observer
    Dr. Joyce Waddell (left) shows off her hat to Shirley Jinwright and Patricia Buford before the start of the The Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon held at the Westin on Saturday June 20th. "She's got hat-i-tude with her hat," says Jinwright. JESSICA ROTKIEWICZ - jrotkiewicz@charlotteobserver.com
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    Gerald Herbert - AP
    In this Nov. 21, 2008 file photo, poet Maya Angelou is shown in Washington.
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    Steve Exum - Getty Images
    Poet and author Maya Angelou shown here celebrating her 82nd birthday in 2010 in Winston Salem, died at age 86 on May 28, 2014.
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    YALONDA M. JAMES - MCT
    Poet and author Maya Angelou, shown here in a 2008 photo, died at age 86 on May 28, 2014. In this photo, Angelou speaks with Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Friday, April 18, 2008.
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    Honoree Maya Angelou, recipient of the 2009 Buoniconti Fund Humanitarian Award in a 2009 photo.
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    Stephen Lovekin -
    Poet and author Maya Angelou, shown here in a 2009 photo, died at age 86 on May 28, 2014.
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    TIM SLOAN - AFP/Getty Images
    In this November 21, 2008 file photo, poet Maya Angelou reads a poem during a ceremony to present South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu of Cape Town the William J. Fulbright Prize for International Understanding at the State Department in Washington, DC. Maya Angelou has died May 28, 2014 at the age of 86.
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    PAUL J. RICHARDS - AFP/Getty Images
    In this July 27, 2004 file photo, Poet and activist Dr. Maya Angelou addresses the Democratic NationalConvention in Boston, Massachusetts.Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou has died. She was 86.
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    STEPHEN JAFFE - AFP/Getty Images
    In this December 20, 2000 file photo, US President Bill Clinton congratulates Dr. Maya Angelou after presenting her with the National Medal of Arts during ceremonies at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou has died. She was 86.
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    10/24/96 Composer Dan Locklair (left), poet Maya Angelou and conductor Peter Perret with the Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad Symphony.
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    Stephen Lovekin -
    Poet and author Maya Angelou, shown here in a 2009 photo, died at age 86 on May 28, 2014.
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    CHESTER HIGGINS JR. - NYT
    Author and poet Maya Angelou at her second home in a brownstone in Harlem, New York, Dec. 14, 2006.
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    YALONDA M. JAMES - MCT
    Poet and author Maya Angelou, shown here in a 2008 photo, died at age 86 on May 28, 2014. In this photo, Angelou speaks with Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Friday, April 18, 2008.
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    TIM SLOAN - AFP/Getty Images
    In this November 21, 2008 file photo, poet Maya Angelou reads a poem during a ceremony to present South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu of Cape Town the William J. Fulbright Prize for International Understanding at the State Department in Washington, DC. Maya Angelou has died May 28, 2014 at the age of 86.
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    Bryan Bedder -
    Honoree Maya Angelou, recipient of the 2009 Buoniconti Fund Humanitarian Award in a 2009 photo.
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    TIM SLOAN - AFP/Getty Images
    In this February 15, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama kisses Dr. Maya Angelou, a prominent and celebrated author, poet, educator, producer, actress, filmmaker, and civil rights activist after presenting to her the 2010 Medal of Freedom at the White House in Washington, DC.
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