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Kauffman Center refunding Maya Angelou tickets following her death

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The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is refunding the 1,300 tickets purchased to see Maya Angelou on June 10.

Many in Kansas City are mourning the death of Angelou. The gifted poet, speaker, artist and all-around Renaissance woman died this week at age 86.

Local poets who meet weekly at the Uptown Arts Bar off Broadway remembered Angelou on Wednesday. Yvonne Payne read one of her favorite poems by Angelou, which she recited during President Bill Clinton's 1993 inauguration.

"History despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived but effaced with courage, need not be lived again," Angelou said. "Lift up your eyes upon this day breaking for you."

Angelou was born in St. Louis.

"The imprint she left on the literary world is going to be felt for a long time to come," poet Michael Long said. "Truly a dynamic woman from St. Louis, MO, and became international."

Glenn North spoke about how inclusive Angelou was.

"She was able to celebrate African-American culture and talk about issues that black people confronted with but in a way that was very universal and inclusive," North said.

Area poets said Angelou was a guiding light who inspired them to put their own voice into words on paper.

The Uptown bar, 3611 Broadway, asks the public to come Wednesday night to honor Angelou with readings of her poems and to share stories of how her life and actions have changed lives.

Click here to go to the center's website.

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