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1 Maya Angelou By Kathleen M. Salley July 19, 2002

2 Maya Angelou Author Poet Civil rights activist Women’s rights activist Professor World renowned speaker Professor Actress Playwright Entertainer Producer and director

3 Early Years Born in 1928 in St. Louis –Lived with her mother for just a short time Raped by her mother’s boyfriend Was mute for several years Raised by her grandmother after her parents separated –Lived in a tiny, totally segregated town in Arkansas –At age 17 had her only child named Guy –In her early 20s Grandmother died Maya’s attitude towards life changed dramatically –She would live fully

4 Activist Married a South African freedom fighter In Cairo was editor of the Arab Observer, the only English-language newspaper in the Middle East In Ghana was feature editor of the African Review and taught at the University of Ghana With Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she became the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Appointed by President Ford to the Bicentennial Commission

5 Activist Appointed by President Carter to the National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year Written and produced several prize winning documentaries promoting black rights and women’s rights Nominated for an Emmy for her acting in Roots and her screen play Georgia which was the first screenplay to be filmed by a black woman Continues to lecture around the world

6 BLACK FAMILY PLEDGE By Dr. Maya Angelou Because we have forgotten our ancestors our children no longer give us honor. Because we have lost the path our ancestors cleared, kneeling in perilous undergrowth, our children cannot find their way. Because we have banished the God of our ancestors, our children can not pray. Because the long wails of our ancestors have faded beyond our hearing, our children cannot hear us crying. Because we have abandoned our wisdom of mothering and fathering, our befuddled children give birth to children they neither want nor understand. Because we have forgotten how to love, the adversary is within our gates, and holds us up to the mirror of the world, shouting, Regard the loveless.

7 Therefore, we pledge to bind ourselves again to one another; our lowliest, To keep company with our loneliest, To educate our illiterate, To feed our starving,To clothe our ragged, To do all good things, knowing that we are more than keepers of our brothers and sisters. We are our brothers and sisters. In honor of those who toiled and implored God with golden tongues, and in gratitude to the same God who brought us out of hopeless desolation, We make this pledge.

8 Philosophy “Justice begins with each of us. We must seek justice, but at the same time we must care not to lust after revenge. We are no better than our adversaries. We should always be on the other side from justice.”

9 Love is What Really Matters Maya does not mean the mushy kind of love. She means the love “that is the condition in the human spirit so profound that it allows us to rise, that condition that allows people to dream of God, to imagine golden roads.” She states that this condition has allowed the “dumb” to write spirituals, Russian songs and Irish lilts. She believes that love gives us a great deal of confidence about life. “If you want to liberate someone, love them.

10 Caged Bird" A free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wing in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky. But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing. The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hills for the caged bird sings of freedom. The free bird thinks of another breeze and the trade winds soft through singing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own. But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing. The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom. "Caged Bird" A free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wing in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky. "Caged Bird" A free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wing in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky.

11 "Caged Bird" A free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wing in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky.

12 But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

13 The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hills for the caged bird sings of freedom.

14 The free bird thinks of another breeze and the trade winds soft through singing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own. But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

15 The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.

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