Maya Angelou is an American poet and activist born on April 4, 1928. The African-American writer has traveled the world and authored five autobiographical novels. Her life is an inspiration to many people. She is known for captivating the audiences through her magical lyrics and beauty of her words in her poems. Angelou also received the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, winning 3 Grammy awards and the Lincoln medal in the year 2008.
Some of the facts about Maya Angelou are:
Fact 1: Maya Angelou is known as global renaissance woman.
Fact 2: Though Maya Angelou has been actively involved in academic engagements, she does not have a college education.
Fact 3: Some of her famous movies include ‘œThe black candle’, ‘œDown in the Delta’, ‘œPoetic Justice’ and ‘œ I know why the caged Bird Sings’. In 2008, she was presented with an NAACP Award.
Fact 4: At the age of 14, she dropped out school to become thefirst female African-American cable car conductor.
Fact 5: Maya Angelou was given an opportunity to read her poem ‘œOn the Pulse of the Morning’at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration. She was the second person to be honored to perform at a presidential inauguration.
Fact 6: Dr. Angelou experienced extreme racial discrimination. She developed strong belief in African-American culture and values.
Fact 7: She also worked as a waitress and a cook to support her son.
Fact 8: During her stay in foreign countries, she studied many foreign languages becoming fluent in French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Fanti.
Fact 9: Angelou has received with thirty honorary degrees.
Fact 10: She also produced her own screenplay becoming the first African-American woman to do so.
Fact 11: Angelou is now a Reynolds Professor of America Studies at Wake Forest University.