Maya Angelous was born on April 4th, 1928, In St. Louis Missouri. Her real name is Marguerite Johnson. Maya was raised by her paternal grandmother. Mrs. Annie Henderson. Her grandma was very religous and taught Maya to believe in god, honest work, and family. She lived with her brother Bailey Johnson and her crippled Uncle Willie, behind their family owned grocery store. When Maya was still a teenager, she won a scholarship to study dance and drama at San Fransico's Labor School. At the age of 14 to dropped out of the Labor School to become San Francisco's first African-American female cable car conductor. After she finishing highschool she gave birth to her son, Guy, just a couple weeks after graduation. Maya Angelou has 50 honorary doctorate degrees. She was also the first African-American female to be a director in Hollywood. Maya was a poet, memoirist, educator, dramatist, produce, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. Maya worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X, these men were very important civil rights activist. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination was on her birthday in 1968, leaving her very devastated.
Her Style of poetry
Maya Angelou's style of writing was about many things that had affected her life. She had some about civil rights and what it's like to be an African-American. When Maya was still young she was sexually abused by her mothers boyfriend. When her uncles found out about what he had done to her, they murdered him. When Maya found out about this she felt like it was her fault so she stopped talking. Finally one of her teachers, Mrs. Flower, had her begin talking again but through her writing. It was all because of her teacher, Mrs. Flower, that she actually began talking again. This is how Maya Angelou was influenced to write poetry. Maya Angelou had
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