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PORTRAIT OF MAYA ANGELOU

Story ID:9875
Written by:Charles Micheaux (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:Micheaux Publishing
Story type:Biography
Location:New York New York USA
Year:2014
Person:Maya Angelou
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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.


Hmmmmmmmm... 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 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." --Maya Angelou


From 1954 to 1956 Maya Angelou toured Europe in the production of Porgy & Bess; in those few years Maya learned to speak three new langauges fluently.

In 1960 she put together a successful
Off-Broadway show called,'Cabaret For Freedom'
and donated the proceeds to Martin Luther King Jr.

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 the next day, hence...
"I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" is published.

Maya Angelou perfomed as an actress in several
TV programs, most noteworthy is the 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 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 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 in 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."

--Gary Younge
(2009)

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Resources for this article:

College Park Library
College Park, Georgia

Schomburg Center Research Library
Harlem, New York