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Maya Angelou An Angel Has Lifted Her Wings and Flown Away
Maya Angelou was an African-American author, poet, dancer, and singer. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, She was credited with a list of plays, movies and TV shows as well as books that Inspire and educate women. She was a gracious woman and a great African-American who will always be remembered for all the great things she has done and written. Her book inspired me to write my first church play from a poem she wrote called I'll Rise. She had a lot of wisdom about the days before us and her mission was to educate us as a people by making us aware of our value as people and to remind us where we came from how we had to fight to get there. She lived through a age of slavery where black men were separated from their wife's and family's beaten & sold for dollars to never be seen again a age where men were killed or maimed for feeding their family's. where jobs were scare because there were no black business owners and some stores were all white and cars were only a few thousand dollars and black people picked cotton for a living. slaughtered hogs and rang the necks of chicken's and fried them up, They also cooked things like possum stew , squirrel stew, chitterlings, deer,,lamb and made cakes from scratch and old fashion lemonade. A Time were the BOB was the cut to wear and jazz was the music to play if you could get away to a Juke Joint everything was live. You could enjoy moonshine and cigarettes were rolled. A time where family's married for money and shoot gun weddings were legal. Maya has saw many horizons from all over the world and left a big imprint. Her mission was to save the next generation she wanted to educate the young people and impact knowledge. Maya lived a great life and shared so much with us . Let us not forget all she has tout us and gave us through the years. Let us embrace her teachings and remember her legacy She was truly one of the greats
Born: April 4, 1928, St. Louis, MO
Died: May 28, 2014, Winston-Salem, NC
Children: Guy Johnson
Awards: Presidential Medal of Freedom, More
Spouse: Paul du Feu. (1973–1981), Enistasious Tosh Angelos (m. 1951–1954
being one of the most influential women in the world who inspired women of all colors Maya Broke the riewriting poetry and acting
)Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist.
Born on April 4th, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Angelou was raised in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. In Stamps, Dr. Angelou experienced the brutality of racial discrimination, but she also absorbed the unshakable faith and values of traditional African-American family, community, and culture.
As a teenager, Dr. Angelou’s love for the arts won her a scholarship to study dance and drama at San Francisco’s Labor School. At 14, she dropped out to become San Francisco’s first African-American female cable car conductor. She later finished high school, giving birth to her son, Guy, a few weeks after graduation. As a young single mother, she supported her son by working as a waitress and cook, however her passion for music, dance, performance, and poetry would soon take center stage.
In 1954 and 1955, Dr. Angelou toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess. She studied modern dance with Martha Graham, danced withAlvin Ailey on television variety shows and, in 1957, recorded her first album, Calypso Lady. In 1958, she moved to New York, where she joined the Harlem Writers Guild, acted in the historic Off-Broadway production of Jean Genet's The Blacks and wrote and performed Cabaret for Freedom.
In 1960, Dr. Angelou moved to Cairo, Egypt where she served as editor of the English language weeklyThe Arab Observer. The next year, she moved to Ghana where she taught at the University of Ghana's School of Music and Drama, worked as feature editor for The African Review and wrote for The Ghanaian Times.
During her years abroad, Dr. Angelou read and studied voraciously, mastering French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and the West African language Fanti. While in Ghana, she met with Malcolm X and, in 1964, returned to America to help him build his new Organization of African American Unity.
Shortly after her arrival in the United States, Malcolm X was assassinated, and the organization dissolved. Soon after X's assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asked Dr. Angelou to serve as Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King's assassination, falling on her birthday in 1968, left her devastated.
With the guidance of her friend, the novelist James Baldwin, she began work on the book that would become I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Published in 1970, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was published to international acclaim and enormous popular success. The list of her published verse, non-fiction, and fiction now includes more than 30 bestselling titles.
A trailblazer in film and television, Dr. Angelou wrote the screenplay and composed the score for the 1972 film Georgia, Georgia. Her script, the first by an African American woman ever to be filmed, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
She continues to appear on television and in films including the landmark television adaptation of Alex Haley's Roots (1977) and John Singleton's Poetic Justice(1993). In 1996, she directed her first feature film,Down in the Delta. In 2008, she composed poetry for and narrated the award-winning documentary The Black Candle, directed by M.K. Asante.
Dr. Angelou has served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and has received 3 Grammy Awards. President Clinton requested that she compose a poem to read at his inauguration in 1993. Dr. Angelou's reading of her poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" was broadcast live around the world.
Dr. Angelou has received over 50 honorary degrees and is Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.
Dr. Angelou’s words and actions continue to stir our souls, energize our bodies, liberate our minds, and heal our hearts