Maya Angelou has dedicated her life to end prejudices faced by many black females in the 20th century. As an author, poet, and entertainer, she is known best for her strong portrayal of African-American women. Some of her most outstanding work is the series of autobiographies that she wrote telling about her childhood. Her work has contributed immensely to Americans everywhere. She has also broken many barriers for black women in writing, entertainment, and in film making.
Angelou does an exceptional job of showing her strength through oppression, showing her struggles of being an African American female in America and she effectively overcomes racism. Her Refusal to remain defeated is an inspiration to all. Its teaches readers that all human beings posses a strength within, that can help to overcome many obstacles in life.
Facing racial prejudice and discrimination through all her youth, a lot of her works were centred around prejudice and civil rights (poetryfoundation.org). Angelou is a strong civil rights activist and her writings such as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings certainly reflect that. Angelou was an influential and passionate person with strong motives . Angelou was the first African-American woman to have a non-fiction bestseller, impacting the literature world (bio.com). Angelou was a coordinator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X to bolster civil rights (poetryfoundation.com).
She was the top requested speaker to attend colleges because she has ways of getting through to the younger crowds. While reading “Songs of herself; the 80- year-old Maya Angelou offers poems, reflection and plain talk” by Maya Angelou I learned that Maya published her own memoir called I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing in the year of 1969. Maya Angelou flattered almost everybody especially when people of the other race would interview her and she talks about how she grew up in the Jim Crow South. Angelou was one of the few who decided to tell her story and pu... ... middle of paper ... ...e Maya was so courageous. Maya Angelou inspired so many people such as classrooms and some books were occasionally banned.
For instance, Still I Rise, Phenomenal Woman, and I know why the caged bird sings, are some of her examples (Maya 2). Angelou was not only a famous poet, but an inspirational speaker, book writer, civil rights activist, actress, and dancer. One of her most fascinating accomplishments is being the First African American woman, to have her screenplay produced. The name
“Maya Angelou is the most renowned and influential voices of our time” (poemhunter.com). She is also a multi Grammy-award winning author(mayaangelou.com). Angelou who wrote the poem, “On the Pulse of the Morning” for Bill Clinton’s Inauguration(mayaangelou.com). As a voice for equality, Maya Angelou has dealt with discrimination head on as evident in her writing. Maya Angelou is a voice for the Civil Rights Movement and is known as “America’s most visible black female autobiographer”(poemhunter.com).
Personal Perseverance in the Works of Maya Angelou Internationally respected brilliant poet, historian, and author Maya Angelou says "in all my work I try to tell the human truth-what it is like to be human...what makes us stumble and fumbleand fall and somehow miraculously rise and go on from the darkness and into the light (Ebony 96). This theme is consistently exemplified throughout Angelou's greatly acclaimed autobiographical worksand poems such as I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Gather Together in my Name, Still I Rise and Phenomenal Women. All of these books depict the true-life stories of Ms. Maya Angelou's tragedies, and there dreadful conditions she had encountered in her youth. But in all of Angelou's novels and poems, she escapes the night to go into the light, leaving all the hurt and shame to prosper in a new life she has created. Maya Angelou's autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was the first autobiographical work she released and -her first best-seller.
Maya Angelou The reason I choose Maya Angelou is because she is a very inspirational person Maya Angelou describes minimal parts of her life in her poetry . Marguerite Annie Johnson Angelou was born April 4, 1928 to May 28, 2014 most people known her as Maya Angelou she was an American author, actress, screenwriter, dancer, poet and civil rights activist best known for her memoir , I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman. Angelou received several honors throughout her career, including two NAACP Image Awards in the outstanding literary work. Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1928 her parents were Vivian Baxter and
Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. 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’s words and actions continue to stir our souls, energize our bodies, liberate our minds, and heal our hearts.
So, Maya has proven too many women, especially black women that you succeed, even if you have had a child in your teen years. She’s proof that with determination nothing is unattainable. I chose to write the paper as a timeline of Maya Angelou’s life. I started with birth, and concluded with present day, as Maya is still alive. Maya Angelou is not only a poet, but an author, activist, professor, and screenplay written.