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Biography of Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (1928 - Present)

Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 4, 1928. She grew up in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. She is an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist. She is best known for her autobiographical books: All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986), The Heart of a Woman (1981), Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas (1976), Gather Together in My Name (1974), and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), which was nominated for the National Book Award. Among her volumes of poetry are A Brave and Startling Truth (Random House, 1995), The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (1994), Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now (1993), Now Sheba Sings the Song (1987), I Shall Not Be Moved (1990), Shaker, Why Don't You Sing? (1983), Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well (1975), and Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie (1971), which was nominated for the Pulitzer prize.

In 1959, at the request of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou became the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. From 1961 to 1962 she was associate editor of The Arab Observer in Cairo, Egypt, the only English-language news weekly in the Middle East, and from 1964 to 1966 she was feature editor of the African Review in Accra, Ghana. She returned to the U.S. in 1974 and was appointed by Gerald Ford to the Bicentennial Commission and later by Jimmy Carter to the Commission for International Woman of the Year. She accepted a lifetime appointment in 1981 as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 1993, Angelou wrote and delivered a poem, "On The Pulse of the Morning," at the inauguration for President Bill Clinton at his request.

The first black woman director in Hollywood, Angelou has written, produced, directed, and starred in productions for stage, film, and television. In 1971, she wrote the original screenplay and musical score for the film Georgia, Georgia, and was both author and executive producer of a five-part television miniseries "Three Way Choice." She has also written and produced several prize-winning documentaries, including "Afro-Americans in the Arts," a PBS special for which she received the Golden Eagle Award. Maya Angelou was twice nominated for a Tony award for acting: once for her Broadway debut in Look Away (1973), and again for her performance in Roots (1977).



20 Poems written by Maya Angelou

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Page ViewsPoemComments
46475 Remembrance Comments and analysis of Remembrance by Maya Angelou 298 Comments
43658 A Conceit Comments and analysis of A Conceit by Maya Angelou 346 Comments
30628 The Lesson Comments and analysis of The Lesson by Maya Angelou 32 Comments
29884 Passing Time Comments and analysis of Passing Time by Maya Angelou 74 Comments
26693 When You Come Comments and analysis of When You Come by Maya Angelou 33 Comments
20908 Weekend Glory Comments and analysis of Weekend Glory by Maya Angelou 279 Comments
20756 Refusal Comments and analysis of Refusal by Maya Angelou 68 Comments
18153 Momma Welfare Roll Comments and analysis of Momma Welfare Roll by Maya Angelou 236 Comments
12356 Still I Rise Comments and analysis of Still I Rise by Maya Angelou 450 Comments
11148 They Went Home Comments and analysis of They Went Home by Maya Angelou 260 Comments
3145 Alone Comments and analysis of Alone by Maya Angelou 360 Comments
2744 I know why the caged bird sings Comments and analysis of I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou 548 Comments
2549 Phenomenal Woman Comments and analysis of Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou 412 Comments
2312 The Detached Comments and analysis of The Detached by Maya Angelou 473 Comments
1880 The Rock Cries Out to Us Today Comments and analysis of The Rock Cries Out to Us Today by Maya Angelou 278 Comments
1390 Insomniac Comments and analysis of Insomniac by Maya Angelou 4 Comments
1380 Touched by An Angel Comments and analysis of Touched by An Angel by Maya Angelou 487 Comments
1168 Woman Work Comments and analysis of Woman Work by Maya Angelou 350 Comments
845 Million Man March Poem Comments and analysis of Million Man March Poem by Maya Angelou 87 Comments
151 Men Comments and analysis of Men by Maya Angelou 334 Comments


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