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Maya's Childhood, Causes Of Why She Became The Woman That She Was

        Marguerite Annie Johnson was born April 4, 1928. Angelou had a difficult childhood at the age of three Maya’s parents were divorced and she and her brother Bailey were sent to live at their grandmother’s house. With legally enforced racism and discrimination she faced it hand to hand;because of this racism it allowed Maya to absorb a deep religious faith for ancient customs of the traditional African American life.

       While growing up Maya had a very close relationship with her brother. Even though he was unable to pronounce her name because of his stutter, Baily “my…sister...my”. While Baily was reading a book about the Maya Indians, he began to call his sister Maya, and the name stuck with them.

     While visiting her mother in Chicago she was sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend. Maya was to mortified to tell any adult, instead she told her brother. Later on the news she saw her Uncles had murdered her abuser, she felt her confrontation had killed the man. Maya went mute for five years.

Cause and Effect
A book on her childhood
A book of poems
Elderly Maya Angelou

Chronological Account of Maya's Success

        In 1940 Maya moved in with her mother in San Francisco. There she worked as a cocktail waitress, a prostitute, cook, and dance student.

       In 1944, Maya gave birth to her son Guy (she was in a short high school relationship which led to pregnancy).Which made her work a ton of jobs to support her son and herself. For a while Maya was interested in composing song words and poems. By the end of the 1950 Maya had put all of that aside and she started to write books. So she moved to New York and joined the Harlem Writers Guild. There she took her place as a growing number of young black writers who associated with the civil rights movement.

     When she moved to New York, Maya fell in love with south African civil rights activist Vusumzi Make.

      In 1952 Maya took her upcoming literary name from her icon Anastasias Angelopoulos, a Greek seaman. Where she made a blend of her youthful name—Maya---- and a mixture of his family name. Although her marriage didn't work out her career took a leap. Before Maya new it she was touring Europe with the opera porgy and Bess from 1954-55. In 1957 Maya recorded her first album calypso lady. In the year of 1960, the pair moved with Mayas son to Cairo, Egypt. There she served as an editor of the English Language Weekly. Later she moved to Ghana, she joined a thriving group of African American expatriates. She was an instructor and assistant administrator at the University of Ghana’s School of Music and Drama.

Click the link below to hear music made from Maya's poems.

Young Maya Angelou in Africa

Maya Description of her Awards

         Maya was invited by the President of the United States to serve numerous capacities. He appointed her to serve during the Presidential Commission. Later President Carter asked her to serve during the International Year of Women. In 1993 she was invited back to the white house but this time by President Clinton; he requested her to compose a poem to read during his inauguration (she read the poem “On the Pulse of the Mourning”).

         In 1991, 1994, and 1997, Angelou took part in a series of broadcasts for Achievement Television. She took questions sent by students from all around the country.

          In the year of 2000, Angelou was honored the Presidential Medal of the Arts; she received the Ford’s Theater Lincoln Medal in the year of 2008. That same year, Angelou narrated the award-winning documentary film The Black candle. President Obama later awarded her the country’s highest civilian honor and the Presidential medal of Freedom.

         Later Angelo was awarded 2 NAACP awards for outstanding literary work, in the nonfiction category. For her 2005 cookbook and her 2008 book “Letters to my daughter”.

Maya Angelou was a poet, actress, screen writer. Would you like to attend a poetry reading of her poems?

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Motivation for Website and Information about Publisher

       My name is Gabby, I am in 6th grade. This website was created for a English project to educate other students at Holman about Maya Angelou. I picked her for the subject as a tribute to her life because she died in 2014. I also have heard about her many times on the Oprah Winfrey show because they were good friends.  She was influental in

Citations:

Maya Angelou. [Internet]. 2014. The Biography.com website. Available from:http://www.biography.com/people/maya-angelou-9185388 [Accessed 18 Dec 2014].

Maya Angelou. [Internet]. 2014. The Biography.com website. Available from:http://www.biography.com/people/maya-angelou-9185388 [Accessed 18 Dec 2014].

"Maya Angelou Biography." -- Academy of Achievement. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2014. <http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/ang0bio-1>.

Maya became famous while living in San Francisco.

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