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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

American author and poet

Maya Angelou is part of the fabric of modern America. She has told her story of being a key part of the civil rights movement through poetry, novels and film. She is best known for her six autobiographies, most notably ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’. In 1993, President Bill Clinton asked her to recite one of her poems at his inauguration.

Angelou was born in Missouri in 1928 into a deeply segregated society. Her parent’s divorce meant she was sent back and forth between her mother and grandmother. Her mother’s boyfriend raped her when she was eight. His later murder left Angelou mute for five years. She studied drama and literature at school, and three weeks after graduating, gave birth to her son.

Death

Angelou died on the morning of May 28, 2014 at the age 86.[119] She was found by her nurse. Although Angelou had reportedly been in poor health and had canceled recent scheduled appearances, she was working on another book, an autobiography about her experiences with national and world leaders.[72][86] During her memorial service at Wake Forest University, her son Guy Johnson stated that despite being in constant pain due to her dancing career and respiratory failure, she wrote four books during the last ten years of her life. He said, "She left this mortal plane with no loss of acuity and no loss in comprehension."[120]

Timeline

2008
Becomes the first recipient of Hope for Peace and Justice Voice of Peace award
2006
Maya Angelou became a radio talk show host for the first time hosting a weekly show for XM Satellite Radio's Oprah & Friends channel
2006
Receives Mother Teresa Award
2002
Published A Song Flung Up to Heaven
1996
Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Association National Award
1993
Maya Angelou reads her poem On the Pulse of Morning at inauguration of President Bill Clinton
1993
Grammy for "Best Spoken Word Album," "On The Pulse of Morning,"
1991
Receives Langston Hughes Medal
1986
Receives Fulbright Program 40th Anniversary Distinguished Lecturer award
1984
Met Oprah Winfrey and became her friend and mentor

Patents

Further Resources

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Author
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Date

10 Questions for Maya Angelou

Web

March 28, 2013

Alone Short Film | A Poem by Maya Angelou

Web

November 29, 2019

AMERICAN MASTERS | Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise Trailer | PBS

Web

February 3, 2017

Clip: Maya Angelou on the Noble Story of Black Womanhood

Web

June 5, 2014

Maya Angelou - Civil Rights Activist & Author | Mini Bio | BIO

Web

January 28, 2010

News

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Date
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Katherine Fiorillo
April 13, 2021
Business Insider
Read books by Michelle Obama, Anthony Bourdain, Malala Yousafzai, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jonathan Van Ness, Nelson Mandela, and more.
Allana Akhtar
January 21, 2021
Business Insider
During a reading of her poem "The Hill We Climb," 22-year-old poet Amanda Gorman paid homage to Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, and Barack Obama.
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