Maya Angelou

April 4, 1928-Present
St. Louis, Mo

          Maya was born on April 4, on 1928 she was born in St Louis Missouri. Her official name is  Marguerite Ann Johnson, she was a poet, civil rights activist, dancer, film producer, television producer, playwright, film director, author, actress, and a professor. Maya has received dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees.Maya became a poet and writer after being a fry cook, prostitute, night-club dancer and performer. She was part of the civil rights act movement and has worked with Martin Luther King. Maya went to George Washington High school and  California Labor School for her education.When Maya was three, her and her bother was sent to Stamps, Arkansas, alone by train to live with their paternal grandmother because it was harsh for African Americans at that time in Missouri and her Dad and Mom had just split.

          In 1951 Maya married a Greek electrician Tosh Angelos.  After Mayas marriage ended in 1954, she danced professionally in clubs around San Francisco. In 1959 she moved to NY to concentrate on her writing career. She and her son Guy moved to Cairo with Make where Angelou worked as an associate editor at the weekly English-language newspaper The Arab Observer . She returned to the United States in 1981, where she accepted the lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. From that point on,she considered herself a teacher who writes.

Passing Time

Your skin like dawn

Mine like musk

One paints the beginning
of a certain end.

The other, the end of a
sure beginning.

This poem is about you can love any one no matter what skin color they are and it talks about your own path and weather you think it's just the beginning or you think it's the end, it still goes on and that life will take you the right way if you choose the right path.