Maya Angelou By zain siegrist

A little about her.

Most people if they are asked who Maya Angelou is they would say she was a famous african american poet. She was way more than a poet. Maya Angelou could also be called a memoirist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. This was an extraordinary woman that had a rough childhood. She was born Marguerite Johnson on the 4th of April 1928, later changed in 1952 due to her marrying Anastasios Angelopulos. Maya’s parents split up when she was young. She and her brother were sent to live there grandmother Anne Henderson. When she was seven her moms new boyfriend raped her, then later on her uncle's ended up killing the boyfriend. Maya was so traumatized she ended up going virtual mute for many years. At age 16 Maya became a single mother giving birth to a son. Maya’s life change after having a child, she had to work multiple jobs to support her and her child.

He career finally took off in the mid 1950’s when she got her first role in a touring show of Porgy and Bess. This would be a start to a long career in show business for Maya. She would later be on an off broadway production of Calypso Heat Wave. Later on in 1961 Maya would perform in an off broadway production of “the blacks” who she starred with James Earl Jones. In 1969 she had a book written about her early life. It was not till later in her life that she would start her poetry. She was close friends with Martin Luther King Jr. but he was assassinated on her birthday which she would stop celebrating afterwards. Maya did way more than this in her long and hard life but it came to an end on May 28th, 2014.

Brown, Emma. “Maya Angelou, writer and poet, dies at age 86.” May. 2014. Washington post.

“Maya Angelou Biography.” Feb. 2015. Bio.

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