Maya Angelou, actress, poet, author, activist and teacher is one of the most phenomenal women
of the 20th century. Maya Angelou inspired girls around the globe to become great women of the world.
Hmmmmmmmmmm… who is Oprah Winfrey?
Maya Angelou was born on April 4th, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri; at eight years old Maya Angelou was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. A week later after the rape, the man who raped young Maya 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 nine year old Maya was writing poetry.
Soon this brilliant black girl found her way into the magnificent world of the creative arts.
From 1954 to 1956 Maya Angelou toured Europe in the stage production of Porgy & Bess;
in those few years Maya became fluent in a few languages.
In 1960 Maya Angelou put together a successful Off-Broadway show called,
‘Cabaret For Freedom’ and she donated the proceeds to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the president.
In 1968 James Baldwin (American Novelist) invited Maya Angelou to a party being held at the home
of wealthy Random House editor, Bob Loomis; a book deal was struck, hence…
“I know Why The Caged Bird Sings.”
Maya Angelou performed as an actress in several TV programs, most noteworthy is the
1977 mini-series “Roots.”
In 1993 Maya Angelou was invited by President Bill Clinton to recite her poem at his inauguration.
In 2000 Maya Angelou 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 Hilary Clinton.
In 2010 Maya Angelou 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 24th 2014.
In 2015 the U.S. Postal Service honored Maya Angelou with a Black Heritage Stamp
of her image.
In 2017 AMERICAN MASTERS PBS TV presented the first ever feature documentary on the life of Maya Angelou.
The program aired on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 and the name of the program was; AND STILL I RISE
AND STILL I RISE
” I am a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise.
Into daybreak that’s wonderously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and hopes of the slave.
Maya Angelou continues to inspire girls from around the world from every walk of life and she
is one of the giants in civil rights and a true and beloved AMERICAN HERO.