JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The death of legendary poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou is being felt on the First Coast.
Kamele "Oupa" Seane is the director of the Intercultural Center for PEACE at the University of North Florida. He called Angelou one of the greatest women of our time.
"If you had a chance to see her performing, my God, your jaws would drop," he said.
Seane told First Coast News in an interview Wednesday he was close with Vusumzi Make, one of Angelou's ex-husbands. The men were active together in South African political movements.
It was through that relationship Seane met Angelou on multiple occasions.
In the 1990's, he said he was instrumental in bringing her to UNF to speak and perform for the Jacksonville community. It was the first of two local appearances she would make in her lifetime, he said.
"She was one of these individuals that when you are around you would like to have a piece of paper or pen to write because everything that comes out of her mouth is just incredible," he said.
Seane learned of Angelou's passing early Thursday after receiving messages from friends.
He said he has remained in distant contact with the family over the years, particularly with Make.
Angelou was 86. She died at her North Carolina home.