Maya Angelou, the poet and professor whose bestselling memoirs of growing up black and female made her a beloved American storyteller, with a melodious voice and seemingly boundless optimism in the face of hardship, has died. She was 86.
U.S. House members voted to award the highest honor Congress can give civilians, the Congressional Gold Medal, to five groups of war heroes, Israel’s President Shimon Peres and golf legend Jack Nicklaus.
Home Depot Inc. co-founder Arthur Blank, having bought the Atlanta Falcons, is getting help from the city to build a $1.2 billion football stadium to replace a venue that a skeptic noted is barely older than Miley Cyrus.
Harry Belafonte and the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. reached an agreement giving the singer ownership of several documents belonging to the civil-rights leader, including a speech found in his suit pocket just after he was assassinated.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the civil rights movement is “work that remains unfinished,” speaking at the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.”