Maya Angelou Cancels Beacon Awards Luncheon Appearance Due To Health

News & Views | Camille Travis | 05/27/2014 | 09:00 AM EDT

The living legend says she's recovering from an "unexpected ailment" that sent her to the hospital

This year's MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon will be down an honoree as Maya Angelou has canceled her appearance, citing "health reasons."

In a statement, the 86-year-old poet/author said she won't make it to the May 30 event in Houston where she was to be recognized alongside Berry Gordy and Jim Brown. The trio were to be feted for their unselfish work in promoting equal rights.

Angelou went on to say she respects MLB for holding the annual celebration, but declined to disclose the nature of her illness.


Just last month, Angelou canceled an event is Fayetteville, Arkansas because she was recovering from an "unexpected ailment" that sent her to the hospital.

Robin Roberts
is set to serve as the keynote speaker at the luncheon. The event will be followed by the annual Civil Rights Game where the Houston Astros will host the Baltimore Orioles.

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