Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson is an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1928, she graduated from California Labor School and then died in 2014.
She wrote poetry, essays, plays in English and worked as an actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs.
She has also been a member of the Harlem Writer’s Guild.
Angelou campaigned for the Democratic Party in the 2008 presidential primaries, giving her public support to Senator Hillary Clinton and later she put all her support behind Senator Barack Obama, who went on to win the election and became the first African-American president of the United States.
Also she had served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University since 1982.
Her work includes:


Books:


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)
Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie (1971)
Gather Together in My Name (1974)
Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well (1975)
Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas (1976)
And Still I Rise (1978)
The Heart of a Woman (1981)
Shaker, Why Don't You Sing? (1983)
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986)
Mrs. Flowers (1986)
Now Sheba Sings the Song (1987)
I Shall Not Be Moved (1990)
Life doesn't frighten me (1993)
Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now (1993)
On the Pulse of Morning (1993)
My painted house, my friendly chicken, and me (1994)
A Brave and Startling Truth (1995)
Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women (1995)
Kofi and His Magic (1996)
Even the Stars Look Lonesome (1997)
A Song Flung Up to Heaven (2002)
Hallelujah! The Welcome Table (2004)
Angelina of Italy (2004)
Mikale of Hawaii (2004)
Izak of Lapland (2004)
Renʹee Marie of France (2004)
Cedric Of Jamaica (2005)
Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem (2005)
Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me (2006)
Celebrations, Rituals of Peace and Prayer (2006)
Letter to My Daughter (2008)
Great Food, All Day Long (2010)
Mom & Me & Mom (2013)
His Day Is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute (2014)


Movies:


Down In The Delta
Georgia
Look Away
Madea's Family Reunion
The Ballad Of Greenwich Village
The Runaway
Fired Up
Reunion
How To Make An American Quilt
Anna
Poetic Justice
Aunt June
Calypso Heat Wave


Tv Shows:


Touched by an Angel
Humanities Through the Arts
Moesha
Literati
Blacks, Blues, Black!
Roots


Maya Angelou received dozens of awards including three Grammys for her spoken word albums, the Spingarn Medal in 1994, the National Medal of Arts in 2000, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011... and more than 50 honorary degrees.


Credit photo: Oprah



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