Maya Angelou

By: Hannah M.

Maya Angelou is an American author and poet. She has published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. Also she was born on April 4th, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, and she is also alive right know she work at a college at north carolina called Wake Forest University. Also President Barack Obama presenting Maya Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In 1944, a 16-year-old Angelou gave birth to a son, Guy a short-lived high school relationship had led to the pregnancy, thereafter working a number of jobs to support herself and her child. In 1952, the future literary icon wed Anastasios Angelopulos, a Greek sailor from whom she took her professional name—a blend of her childhood nickname, "Maya," and a shortened version of his surname. Maya Angelou started writing in 1968 after Martin Luther kings assassination by the encouragement of her friend James Baldwin.. He helped her write the book I.

Some interesting facts on Maya Angelou include the fact that she was actually born with the name Marguerite Ann Johnson back in 1928. She is a poet and author and has written books, plays, television shows, and movies over five decades. She has had a wide range of careers from working as a journalist in Ghana to being a pimp and prostitute. She also worked for Martin Luther King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference as the coordinator. She was active as part of the Civil Rights movement. Her most popular written work is titled I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, an autobiography about her early life.

Her personal Information: Her Birth Name is really Marguerite Annie Johnson, Her Father's Name is Bailey Johnson, and he is a doorman, Her Name is Vivian (Baxter) Johnson, and she is a nurse, Her Education Attended California Labor School, 1942.Author, poet, actor, singer, songwriter, dancer, playwright, historian, director, civil rights activist and teacher.

Fluent in six languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and West African Fanti.

First African-American female member of the Directors Guild of America.

Studied dance with Pearl Primus in New York.

Won three Author, poet, actor, singer, songwriter, dancer, playwright, historian, director, civil rights activist and teacher.

Fluent in six languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and West African Fanti.

First African-American female member of the Directors Guild of America.

Studied dance with Pearl Primus in New York.

Won three Grammy awards.

Nominated for a Tony Award.

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