Maya Angelou, actress, poet, author,activist, and teacher is one of the most fascinating women of the 20th century. Maya Angelou inspired girls around the globe to become great women of the world.
Hmmmmmmm…who is Oprah Winfrey?
Maya Angelou born on April 4th 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri; at eight years old Maya Angelou was raped by her mother’s boyfriend.
A week after the rape, the rapist was brutally killed.
Maya Angelou became mute and for the next five years she remained silent.
“I thought my voice killed him; I killed that man because I told his name.”
A year after the rape incident at the age of nine Maya was writing poetry.
From 1954 to 1956 Maya Angelou toured Europe in the production of Porgy & Bess; in those few years Maya became fluent in a few languages.
In 1960 she put together a successful Off-Broadway show called,
‘Cabaret For Freedom’ and donated the proceeds to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
(SCLC) which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the president. In 1964 Maya asked Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. if America would ever elect a blackman as president; Dr. King told Maya Angelou it would happen in about fifty years.
Hmmmmmmm… who is Barack Obama?
In 1968 James Baldwin (American Novelist) invited Maya Angelou to a party being held at the home of Random House editor, Bob Loomis; a book deal was struck, hence…
“I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” is published.
Maya Angelou performed as an actress in several TV programs, most noteworthy is the 1977 mini-series Roots.
In 1993 Maya was invited by President Bill Clinton to recite her poem at his 1993 inauguration. the poem, “On The Pulse of Morning” went on to win a Grammy Award.
In 2000 Maya created a very successful line of greeting cards for Hallmark Cards.
In 2008 Maya Angelou campaigned for the Democratic Party Presidential Primaries, giving her support to Hillary Clinton.
In 2010 Maya gave her personal papers and career memorabilia to the Schomburg Center Research Library in Harlem, New York. In 2011 President Barack Obama presented Maya Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Maya Angelou passed away quietly and peacefully on May 28th 2014.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.”–Maya Angelou
Gary Younge of The Guardian wrote of Maya Angelou:
“To know of her life story is to simultaneously wonder what on earth you have been doing with your own life and feel glad that you didn’t have to go through half the things she has.”
Resources for this article:
Schomburg Center Research Library
Harlem, New York
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