Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou was born in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4, 1928. In 1931, her parents divorced and she and her older brother, Bailey were sent to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. While she was living with her grandmother, Maya participated in many dance classes.  After five years apart from their mother, the children returned home. Later on Maya was involved in a great tragedy and became mute. A woman named Mrs. Flowers helped her, Angelou began to evolve into the girl who had became the pride and confidence she once had.

Maya received many honor rewards, one from the Yale University Fellowship.Angelou has published many other collections of verse, has traveled abroad to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and has worked as a journalist for foreign publications. She speaks fluent English, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Ghanian. On each opening year at Duke University she gives the opening address to all new freshmen.

Woman Work

I've got the children to tend

The clothes to mend

The floor to mop

The food to shop

Then the chicken to fry

The baby to dry

I got company to feed

The garden to weed

I've got shirts to press

The tots to dress

The can to be cut

I gotta clean up this hut

Then see about the sick

And the cotton to pick.

Shine on me,

sunshine Rain on me,

rain Fall softly,dewdrops

And cool my brow again.

Storm, blow me from here

With your fiercest wind

Let me float across the sky

'Til I can rest again.

Fall gently, snowflakes

Cover me with white Cold icy kisses

and Let me rest tonight.

Sun, rain, curving sky

Mountain, oceans, leaf and stone

Star shine, moon glow

You're all that I can call my own.