READING, Pa. -

Maya Angelou is being remembered fondly by a Berks County woman who got to sit down and talk with the cultural icon.

Angelou died Thursday morning at the age of 86.

Reading native Kristin Boyd had the honor of meeting the legendary writer, actress, educator and civil rights activist.

Boyd was working as a reporter for the "Princeton Packet" when she interviewed Angelou. Boyd said the interview is 30 minutes of her life she will never forget.

"She's so inspiring," Boyd said. "She talked to me not only as this celebrity and this writer, she spoke about her life and shared her voice, but then also encouraged me as a writer."

Angelou's accomplishments include being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.