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Zora Neale Hurston

Trice: Already missing 'her voice, her humanity'

Trice: Already missing 'her voice, her humanity'

You want to think that when a person has lived a robust life, her death won't sting as much. But on Wednesday when I learned of the great poet Maya Angelou’s passing, that life well-lived didn't make me feel any less heartbroken.

One of my first calls was to a dear friend, Rita Coburn Whack, who’s had a close personal and professional relationship with Angelou since 2006 when Rita took a job as Angelou’s producer for her weekly satellite radio show on what was then XM’s “Oprah & Friends” channel.

Through Rita,...