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2 Maya Angelou By: Alcira Vargas

3 Dr. Maya AngeloU

4 D R A M A ~and~ The A R T S

5 Biographical Information Birth name: Marguerite Johnson Stage name: Maya Angelou Born: April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, MO Parents: Bailey Johnson and Vivian Baxter Johnson Siblings: one brother, Bailey Jr. Spouse: Tosh Angelos (divorced) Children: one son, Clyde Bailey Guy Johnson Grandchildren: one grandson, Colin Ashanti Johnson Education: Lafayette Country Training School, George Washington High School, and Mission High School Jobs: 1 st black streetcar conductor in San Francisco, singer, dancer, poet, author, actress, speaker, night club dancer, Madame, cook, editor for African newspapers, removed paint at a body shop, and political activist

6 ~Maya Angelou You Oughta Knows~ At the age of 8, she was raped by her moms boyfriend. She was mute for the next 5 years, speaking only occasionally to her brother. At 16, she had a son with a neighborhood boy. Most credited for her auto-biography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Recited her poem On the Pulse of the Morning at President Bill Clintons inauguration Her volume of poetry Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water Fore I Die was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Was a singer for a while and produced a few songs with her label Toured with the play Porgy and Bess throughout Europe Acted in the television show Roots Involved in African-American political movement She was the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the 1960s. In the 1970s, she was a member of the Bicentennial Commission (appointed by President Gerald Ford) and the Commission of the International Woman of the Year (appointed by President Jimmy Carter). Given a lifetime appointment in 1981 as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University Enjoys her parody on Saturday Night Live

7 If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform a million realities. - Maya Angelou

8 There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. - Maya Angelou

9 T h e r e i s a l i n e b e t w e e n l o v i n g l i f e a n d b e i n g g r e e d y f o r i t. - M a y a A n g e l o u LifE!LifE!

10 W h a t is M a y a s H i s to r i c a l C o n tr i bu t i o n ? Dr. Maya Angelou did more for America, as well as the world, than we will ever know. From writing numerous poems and books, singing, dancing, acting, and being an inspirational speaker, she has changed the course of many peoples lives. She brought any form of abuse into the open, and made it more acceptable. By showing us her personal tragedy in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she broke many barriers in todays society. Also, she made literary history in writing poems that didnt rhyme, but had a beauty that was unsurpassable.

11 She is famous for saying, We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color. This is yet again another example of what she has done for modern history. Dr. Angelou continually speaks out against the racism in our country 100 years ago and today. She wants everyone to be treated equally and justly. With her rich words and majestic dignity, Dr. Maya Angelou has changed the face of lower-class America and become an icon worldwide.

12 Something I About Maya Angelou As I researched her, I found that she always had an abundance of confidence. She took horrible childhood trauma and created an inspiring legacy out of it. I love someone, such as Dr. Angelou, who looks into the face of adversity and says, You wont break me. That is exactly what Maya did and I applaud her.

13 Works Cited "Maya Angelou." Who2? Biographies. Who2?, 07 Feb "Maya Angelou." The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. Columbia University Press., 07 Feb "Maya Angelou." The Chronology of American Literature. Houghton Mifflin Company, 07 Feb "Maya Angelou." Biographies., 07 Feb "Maya Angelou." Wikipedia. Wikipedia, 07 Feb Gracia, Maria. San Pedro High School. Maya Angelou – Maya Angelou Quotes Maya Angelou Maya Angelou – Using Your Life tml tml Maya Angelou html:// Maya Angelou Quotes html:// es.htm


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