She is an accomplished poet, performer, actress, director, teacher, and journalist. She has read two inaugural poems and is a three time grammy award winner. She suffered through trials and tribulations, yet has come out on top as a strong, black woman. She is Maya Angelou and her impact on the world impact on the world today sets an example for every race and gender.
Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson, was born on April 4th, 1928. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she was raised there for a short portion of time, then later moved to Stamps, Arkansas. In Arkansas she went through racial discrimination, but still held on to her roots. During her childhood in Arkansas, she went through a tragic event, At the age of seven, she was raped by her mothers boyfriend. Her uncles discovered the crime and killed the man. Maya felt responsible for his death and went mum for five years. During this period of silence, she discovered her love for literature. She read from a variety of different authors such as Langston Hughes, W.E.B Du Bois, Paul Lawrence Dunbar,William Shakespeare, and Edgar Allen Poe. When Maya was twelve, her teacher Mrs.Flowers, - which she spoke about in her autobiographies-broke her out of her shell. After graduating at the top of her 8th grade class, she moved to San Francisco to attend George Washington High School
While in high school, Maya’s love for dance and theater sparked, and she began to take lessons at the California Labor School. She graduated from High School at seventeen and also gave birth to her firstborn, Guy. She scrambled for work at a plethora of jobs, and also performed at clubs and theaters (She came out with an album due to her famous acts in nightclubs in 1957, called Miss Calypso). During this time, she also became the first female street car conductor.
In 1950, she married a greek sailor by the name Enistasious Tosh Angelos, a greek sailor, the first of her three husbands. (The others being Vusumzi Make, a South African civil rights activist, and Paul Du Feu, a welsh carpenter.) Angelos is where her stage name derives from, Angelou ,and Maya being a childhood nickname. In the late 50’s is also when she first met with Dr. Martin Luther King speak and began writing as a member of the Harlem Writers Guild, where she met the famous James Baldwin. Around this time she also began her anti-apartheid movement and became the associate...