Maya Angelou

St. Louis, Missouri


Mary Angelou was born as Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4, 1928. Angelou is of African-American descent and is involved in many things. She is an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist. She has also come in contact with many important figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. She is still alive to this day and recently had her 86th birthday.

Mary Angelou writes about many different topics. She is a large advocated for civil rights and writes of things such as family, identity, racism, and feminism. Her writings have many mixed reviews from critics, but is still an established writer nonetheless, even being invited to read one of her poems at President Bill Clinton's inauguration.


There are some nights when
sleep plays coy,
aloof and disdainful.
And all the wiles
that I employ to win
its service to my side
are useless as wounded pride,
and much more painful.