What Is Maya Angelou Famous for?

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Maya Angelou is best known for her series of autobiographical volumes which concentrate on her childhood and early adulthood experiences. 'I Know Why a Caged Bird Sings' is her most known autobiography. She is also a renowned poet and her works, 'Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie' won her the Pulitzer Prize. She was also a teacher, historian who served in the civil rights movement and a Coordinator of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
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Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou's 1969 autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, was nominated for a National Book Award and made her a symbol of pluck and pride for African-American women. In the 1950s Maya Angelou had been a dancer and stage actress, and she wa... More »
Name at Birth: Marguerite Johnson
Born: April 4, 1928, St. Louis, Missouri
Died: May 28, 2014
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Maya Angelou's 1969 autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, was nominated for a National Book Award and made her a symbol of pluck and pride for African-American women. In the 1950s Angelou had been a dancer and stage actress, and she was active
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