Brown - Dark
Salt and Pepper
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Claim to Fame
Book - I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing
International, Calypso, Caribbean Traditions, Spoken Word, Poetry, Comedy/Spoken
Maya Angelou (i; born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American author, poet, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim.
Actor/Actress, Writer, Soundtrack
Has Detailed Data (New)
Profile Bio Text
Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Ann Johnson, April 4, 1928) is an American poet, memoirist, actress and an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement. Angelou is known for her series of six autobiographies, starting with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, (1969) which was nominated for a National Book Award and called her magnum opus. Her volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water `Fore I Die (1971) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Angelou recited her poem, "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Bill Clinton`s inauguration in 1993. She has been highly honored for her body of work, including being awarded over 30 honorary degrees.
Maya Angelou was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 4, 1928 to Bailey Johnson, a doorman and naval dietitian, and Vivian Baxter Johnson, a nurse, real estate agent, and, later, merchant marine. Angelou`s brother, Bailey Jr., gave her the nickname "Maya". The details of Angelou`s life, although described in her six autobiographies and in numerous interviews, speeches, and articles, tend to be inconsistent. Her biographer, Mary Jane Lupton, explains that when Angelou speaks about her life, she does so eloquently but informally and "with no time chart in front of her".
In 2008, Angelou`s family history was profiled on the PBS series African American Lives 2. A DNA test showed that she was descended from the Mende people of West Africa. The program`s research showed that Angelou`s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Lee, emancipated after the Civil War, cut all ties with her slave past and renamed herself "Kentucky Shannon" because "she liked how it sounded". Little was known about Lee`s background because she prohibited anyone from knowing about it. Angelou learned that Lee became pregnant out of wedlock by her former owner, a white man named John Savin, and that he forced Lee to sign a false statement accusing another man of being the father. A grand jury indicted Savin for forcing Lee to commit perjury, and despite discovering that Savin was the father, found him not guilty. Lee was sent to the Clinton County, Missouri poorhouse with her daughter, who became Angelou`s grandmother, Marguerite Baxter. Angelou`s reaction after learning this information was, "That poor little black girl, physically and psychologically bruised." In March 2008, Angelou stated that she plans to spend part of the year studying at the Unity Church. In 2005 she attended a Unity Church service in Miami and decided that day to "go into a kind of religious school and study" on her 80th birthday.
Couple Profile Source
George Washington High School, CA, California Labor School, CA
Full Name at Birth
Marguerite Ann Johnson
Has Detailed Data (105)
Photos reviewed in AT queue
Has Detailed Data (76)
Music Profile Complete
Page Display = 2 (Legacy)
Poet, civil rights activist, dancer, singer, actress
Place of Death
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Music Genre (Text)
Dating Profile AutoText
passed away on 28th May 2014 aged 86. |||
Maya Angelou passed away on 28th May 2014 aged 86. Her last relationship was when Visumi Make and Maya Angelou are divorced.
Maya Angelou was previously married to Tosh Angelos (1952 - 1954) and Paul Du feu (1973).
She was also in relationships with Jean Childs ( - present), Debbie Allen ( - present), Malcolm X ( - present), Lorraine Hansberry ( - present), Alvin Ailey ( - present) and James Baldwin ( - present).
Maya Angelou is a 86 year old American Poet. Born Marguerite Ann Johnson on 4th April, 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA and educated at George Washington High School, CA, she is famous for Book - I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing. Her zodiac sign is Aries.
Maya Angelou is a member of the following lists:
African-American female dancers,
20th-century American dramatists and playwrights and
Posted by Paul holloway 2 days ago
Guess what a James and that picture of linoel Richie with a barrell in the ...
Posted by Leticia Holland 3 days ago
Please if you know her daughter's Miranda and jordan Wolfe please tell them...
Posted by Eric J Woody 4 days ago
Jennifer sky is one of the most beautiful women in the world and one of my ...
Posted by olivier 4 days ago
bon j'ai rien a dire a se sujet