Welcome to some facts on an amazing civil rights activist - Maya Angelou.
(1928 -2014) – Modern American poet and writer. Maya Angelou is one of America’s leading female contemporary poets. Maya Angelou has also achieved much in the fields of theatre, acting, writing novels and also as a member of the Civil Rights movement. Maya Angelou (original name Marguerite Johnson) was born April 4, 1928 in St Louis, Missouri.
Maya Angelou married a South African freedom fighter and for a time lived in Cairo where she was the editor of the Arab Observer. However in the 1960s she returned to America and played a role in the civil rights movement. She has been asked to work on behalf of Presidents Carter (National Commission on the observance of International Women’s Year) and President Ford (American Revolutionary Bicentennial Advisory Council.
The popularity of Maya Angelou has in large part been due to her ability to write about the many experiences of life with a vivid and engaging style that absorbs the reader. As Sidonie Ann Smith states from Southern Humanities Review.
In the 1960s, she was active in the civil rights movement, coming into contact with both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. She was the northern leader for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). With Malcolm X, she helped to form the new Organization of African American Unity. She was devastated after both King and Malcolm X were assassinated in the late 1960s.
She has also been active in film and television, Dr. Angelou wrote the Pulitzer winning screenplay and composed the score for the 1972 film Georgia, Georgia.
After reciting a poem ‘On the Pulse of the Morning‘ at Bill Clinton’s inauguration, she became one of the best known African American authors, and sales increased significantly. Her works have also received criticism for depicting sexually explicit scenes and violence. However, her books remain on many school syllabus’.
Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home on May 28, 2014
Clancy's comment: I love reading about courageous women who were ahead of their time. Go, Maya!