and that she "had the ability to remind us that we are all God's children; that we all have something to offer."
Angelou's legacy lives on in many biographical books some of which are autobiographies. Here is a brief overview of her life.
Name: Marguerite Annie Johnson AKA Maya Angelou
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Birthdate: April 4th, 1928
Death: May 28th, 2014
Height: 6' 0"
Relationship Status: Married
Interests: Civil Rights, Acting, Singing, Dancing, and Writing
First black female cable car conductor of San Francisco
Became a member of the Harlem Writer's Guild
Known for her poetry in the United States and Internationally
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings- first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman.
Georgia- 1972 drama- first African American woman to produce a screenplay
Recited her poem On the Pulse of Morning at President Clinton's inauguration in 1993.
She also won a Grammy Award for best spoken word album regarding On the Pulse of Morning
She has written 36 books.
She wrote lyrics for B.B. King in the Sidney Poitier film For Love of Ivy
Received the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000
Received over 50 honorary degrees and was the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University for over 25 years.
In 1983 she gave the Oberlin College Commencement Address and earned an honorary degree
When someone shows you who they are, you believe them the first time.
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
Try to be a rainbow in somebody's cloud.
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings- Memiore
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes- Autobiography
Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die- Poetry
Wouldn't Take Nothing from my Journey Now- Essays
Letter to My Daughter- Essays
Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories With Recipes- Cooking Book
Great Food, All Day Long- Cooking Book
by Ryan D. Friend