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Maya Angelou Essay

947 words - 4 pages

Since the 7th century, poetry has changed drastically over time. There are many poets that have contributed to this change. To name a few: Langston Hughes, David Wagoner , William Shakespeare, and Ella Wheeler Wilcox. One in particular is not only a poet, but an author, an actress, a mother, a civil-rights activist, historian, and most importantly, a survivor. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time because of her creative writing skills and mind.
Maya’s real name is Marguerite Annie Johnson (Maya Angelou - Biography). Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 (a year before the stock market crash), in St. Louis, Missouri (Maya Angelou – Biography). The ...view middle of the document...

She gave birth to Clyde just a few months after graduating high school in 1945 (Maya Angelou – Biography).
At 22, she married Tosho Angelos, a former sailor of Greek descent, but she left her marriage two and half years later in 1952 and set out to become a professional dancer (Maya Angelou Biography). Later she married South African freedom fighter and civil rights advocate, Vusumzi Make, in 1960 (Maya Angelou Biography).
Maya was very smart and artistic and won several different scholarships (Maya Angelou). Two that she chose to take was a scholarship to study dance and drama at San Francisco’s Labor School, and a scholarship to study dance with Pearl Primus (Maya Angelou – Biography).
Maya had several careers from the time she had Clyde to now. One of Maya’s first jobs was her being the city’s first black streetcar conductor in San Francisco (Maya Angelou). Maya sometimes worked as an exotic dancer to support her and Clyde (Maya Angelou 73). In 1960, Maya Clyde and her husband moved to Cario, Egypt where she served as editor of the English language weekly (Maya Angelou: Poetry). Maya served as the Northern Coordinator for the southern Christian Leadership Conference, requested by Martin Luther King, who was assassinated in 1968 (Maya Angelou Biography). Maya was devastated. (Maya Angelou Biography).Angelou has taught at several American Colleges and Universities (Maya Angelou). She is now a Reynolds professor of American studies at Wake forest University (Maya Angelou: Poetry).
Maya has written a lot of books (Maya Angelou). Some of her most famous books have become movies (Maya Angelou). “I Know Why the Caged Bird sings” is Angelo’s most famous work. It was published in 1970 (Maya Angelou - Biography). The book tells the story of her life, from her childhood in Arkansas to the birth of her son...

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