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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 was active in the civil rights movement (she became a coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, thanks to a request from Martin Luther King, Jr.). During the 1960s she spent five years in Africa, working as a journalist and a teache More »
Name at Birth: Marguerite Johnson
Born: April 4, 1928 (St. Louis, Missouri)


Sep 4, 2011 ... Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a woman who has overcome hardships almost all her life. She had the courage and determination to stay strong. Maya Angelou is a famous poet, playwright, and a very accomplished writer. Her words stir ...


Aug 16, 2014 ... The young woman, who not only won second prize one weekend at the Silver Slipper dance contest, but went on to become a professional dancer, was Maya Angelou. After spending a terrible few days with her father and his girlfriend, she had run away and found herself in this community of homeless ...


Jul 23, 2016 ... Angelou's contributions to the civil rights movement earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom- the highest civilian award of the United States. She was respected as a representative for black people and women. Maya Angelou is considered a hero because she was inspiring, passionate, and impactful.


May 29, 2014 ... Maya Angelou was one of the world's most important writers and activists. She lived and chronicled an extraordinary life: rising from poverty, violence and racism, she became a renowned author, poet, playwright, civil rights' activist – working with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King – and memoirist.


Jun 4, 2014 ... Maya Angelou was the voice of the nation, both as an author, actress and social activist. She was called upon by Presidents and spoke to the masses.


May 28, 2014 ... Maya Angelou, the writer and civil rights activist whose bold and populist voice echoed across decades of American and global culture, has died. Winston- Salem Mayor Allen Joines told the local Fox 8 news station that the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings memoirist was found at home by her caretaker ...


Start with the sexual assault when she was a child that resulted in the death of the rapist and her muteness until a teacher helped unlock her voice. She later lent that voice to the civil rights movement as well as to anti-apartheid activities. A little more research will give you more information Maya Angelou - Poet, Author and ...


May 28, 2014 ... It was difficult to read the headline this morning of the passing of American poet Maya Angelou. She has been a personal literary hero for many years now, as part of a select group of authors I look up to. She truly spoke words that made me stop and ponder about life, as well as…


Jul 29, 2012 ... Maya Angelou Definition Of A Hero. This Maya Angelou quote really resonated for me. If you are striving to make this world a better place for all people, there are times in which you will be standing alone because you have to have the courage of your convictions to say things that make you unpopular at ...