Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou was born April 4, 1928. Her real name is Marguerite Johnson, but she later changed it to Maya. She was born in St. Louis, shortly after her birth her family up and move to Arkansaw. Maya grew up there in the rural parts of Arkansaw, and later married to a South African Freedom Fighter. She lived in Cairo with him, there she began her career as editor of the Arab Observer. At the request of Dr. Martin Lutheran King Jr., she became the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1975. Maya is presently on the board of American Film Institute, and is one of the few female members of the board of the Directors Guide. (Source card #5) Besides being a writer she is also an actress, historian, and playwright. She speaks French, Spanish, Italian, and West African Fanti. Maya had a career in drama and dance. She had ten best-selling books published and was in a number of magazine articles. Maya was among the first African-American women to hit the best sellers list with "I know why the caged bird sings." (Source card #2) Maya Angelou is a poet, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil rights, activist, producer and director. Maya published ten best-selling books. Maya Angelou is more than just another famous woman, she is a role model and inspiration to the world. Her simple motto, "I am human and nothing human can be alien to me" is a statement related to lo...

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