Maya Angelou: Poet, Activist, and Cultural Icon

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She was known worldwide for many things. She was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry. She was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She was and still is a woman that people look up to. Many people know her as Maya Angelou.
Born on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri she was named Marguerite Johnson nicknamed “Maya” by her brother; her surname is an adaptation of that of her first husband. Because of the breakup of her parents' marriage, she and her brother lived with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. She was raped by her mother's boyfriend when she was eight and for the next five years …show more content…

(Maya Angelou)After the success of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, four more volumes of autobiography were published, Gather Together in My Name (1974), Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin Merry Like Christmas (1976),he has also made numerous television appearances, being nominated for an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Nyo Boto in Roots (1977), The Heart of a Woman (1981), S, and All God's Children Need Travelling Shoes (1986). (Maya Angelou …show more content…

She read her poem “On the Pulse of the Morning: The Inaugural Poem” (1992) at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton.Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now (1993) tells of her journey from obscurity to fame as a performer and civil rights activist. . . In addition, she has directed films and plays, composed music, and served as writer-in-residence and lecturer at several universities. She has had a variety of occupations in what she describes as "a roller-coaster life". In her twenties she toured Europe and Africa in the musical Porgy and Bess. In New York she joined the Harlem Writers Guild and continued to earn her living singing in night-clubs (as Maya Angelou - Maya from a childhood nickname, and Angelou from her Greek husband's surname) and performing in Jean Genet's The Blacks. Her multi-volume autobiography, In 1993 she published a collection of personal reflections, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now, and in the same year she read her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Clinton's inauguration. She has continued to write stories A Song Flung up to Heaven (2002). She was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2000 and the Lincoln Medal in 2008. Her Letter to My Daughter, which is part memoir and part guide to life, was published in 2008.(Marguerite

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  • Describes maya angelou as an american poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist.
  • Analyzes how marguerite johnson's surname is an adaptation of that of her first husband. she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend when she was eight, moved to california, and at 16 gave birth to her son.
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