Who Was Maya Angelou? by Ellen LabrecqueBorn in Missouri in 1928, Maya Angelou had a difficult childhood. Jim Crow laws segregated blacks and whites in the South. Her family life was unstable at times. But much like her poem, Still I Rise, Angelou was able to lift herself out of her situation and flourish. She moved to California and became the first black—and first female—streetcar operator before following her interest in dance. She became a professional performer in her twenties and toured the U.S. and Europe as an opera star and calypso dancer. But Angelous writing became her defining talent. Her poems and books, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, brought her international acclaim.
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Today is the 90th birthday of Maya Angelou. Born on April 4 , she lived a number of fascinatingly different lives — as a singer, storyteller, activist, poet and sex worker. She died in , but her depictions of black lives, the power of the human spirit and the strength of women will always be remembered. Angelou had a very precise writing ritual. She would book a hotel room, strip the art from the walls and write pages a day on a yellow legal pad with a bottle of sherry and a pack of cards for company. In the evening she would edit her work down to pages, repeating this everyday until she was finished.
Maya Angelou — was an American author, actress, screenwriter, dancer, poet, and civil rights activist. Best known for her autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings , this trailblazing woman led a vibrant life, full of accomplishments. Angelou has publicly spoken about the trauma that resulted in her going mute for five years, but there is so much to be discussed about these crucial years. After telling her family about the horrific incident, a day after his release he was murdered. Angelou also credits her brother as one of the people to bring her out of this time of muteness.
Born Marguerite Annie Johnson, Dr. Maya Angelou was never named an official United States Poet Laureate, but few have reached her level of cultural significance. Her verses are at the very heart of the American experience. She began her artistic career as a dancer, performing in San Francisco and training in New York City. But that was just the tip of the iceberg for a woman who lived an incredible, adventurous life that defied a humble childhood. As a teenager, Maya Angelou earned a scholarship to study dance and drama at the California Labor School, but she briefly dropped out when she was 16 to become a cable car conductor in San Francisco.
Born in April 4, as Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Maya Angelou had a difficult childhood. Her parents divorced when she was three.
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Rest in peace, Marguerite Johnson. Maya Angelou was born April 4 , , in St. Louis, Mo. Her actual birth name is Marguerite Johnson. She grew up in Stamps, Ark. She then wrote this really lovely letter as an apology. When she was a teenager, Maya won a scholarship to study dance and drama at San Francisco's Labor School.