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updated: 6/10/2014 8:41 PM

Harvey to name community center after Maya Angelou

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  • Poet, actress and civil rights champion Maya Angelou died in May.

      Poet, actress and civil rights champion Maya Angelou died in May.
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Officials in South suburban Harvey have voted to name the town's community center after late poet Maya Angelou.

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Council members voted 6-0 on Monday night. The city will rename the Harvey Community Center to "The Dr. Maya Angelou Community Center of Harvey, Illinois."

Angelou died May 28 at age 86. She was known worldwide as a literary pioneer and civil rights champion.

Harvey Mayor Eric J. Kellogg called Angelou "a pillar of strength for America" and says "a new light has been shined" on the city's community center.

A city spokesman says a renaming ceremony will be scheduled for a later date.

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