Retired school teacher Molly Tabachnikov was in New York City for her 50th college reunion.
She couldn't pass up the opportunity to visit to the new exhibit honoring the late Maya Angelou while in town.
"She was very important," said Tabachnikov, "both in literature and in African American culture. Her death left a hole in the world, and I don't know who's going to fill it at this point."
Angelou is most known for her memoirs, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The exhibit contains a handwritten manuscript of the memoir, which shows Angelou's edits and writing process.
The research center's director Dr. Khalil Gilbran Muhammad said he hopes it inspires future generations of writers.
"It just starts with the idea," he said. "It just starts with using your voice, putting pen to paper. Dr. Angelou spent so many years encouraging other people to sing their songs, to tell their stories.”
The exhibit is open to the public until June 30th. After that, Dr. Muhammad said the center will continue to collect Angelou's work.