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Author Study- Maya Angelou

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Kelly Deasy

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Foundation Drive Phase 1 Phase 3 Results Core Born on April 4th, 1928, in St. Louis, Dr. Angelou was raised in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas.

In Stamps, Dr. Angelou experienced the brutality of racial discrimination As a young single mother, she supported her son by working as a waitress and cook, however her passion for music, dance, performance, and poetry would soon take center stage. AUTHOR STUDY- MAYA ANGELOU In 1960, Dr. Angelou moved to Cairo, Egypt where she served as editor of the English language weekly The Arab Observer. The next year, she moved to Ghana where she taught at the University of Ghana's School of Music and Drama, worked as feature editor for The African Review and wrote for The Ghanaian Times. With the guidance of her friend, the novelist James Baldwin, she began work on the book that would become I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Published in 1970, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was published to international acclaim and enormous popular success. The list of her published verse, non-fiction, and fiction now includes more than 30 bestselling titles.

A trailblazer in film and television, Dr. Angelou wrote the screenplay and composed the score for the 1972 film Georgia, Georgia. Her script, the first by an African American woman ever to be filmed, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Dr. Angelou has served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and has received 3 Grammy Awards. President Clinton requested that she compose a poem to read at his inauguration in 1993. Dr. Angelou's reading of her poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" was broadcast live around the world.

Dr. Angelou has received over 30 honorary degrees and is Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. KELLY DEASY
PERIOD: 3 Published Works -She continues to appear on television and in films.
-In 1996, she directed her first feature film, Down in the Delta.
-In 2008, she composed poetry for and narrated the award-winning documentary The Black Candle, directed by M.K. Asante.

President Barack Obama presenting Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2011 At 14, she dropped out to become San Francisco’s first African-American female cable car conductor. She later finished high school, giving birth to her son, Guy, a few weeks after graduation. Phase 2 During her years abroad, Dr. Angelou read and studied voraciously, mastering French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and the West African language Fanti. While in Ghana, she met with Malcolm X and, in 1964, returned to America to help him build his new Organization of African American Unity.

Shortly after her arrival in the United States, Malcolm X was assassinated, and the organization dissolved. Soon after X's assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asked Dr. Angelou to serve as Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King's assassination, falling on her birthday in 1968, left her devastated. In 1954 and 1955, Dr. Angelou toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess. She studied modern, dance on television in a variety shows and, in 1957, recorded her first album, Calypso Lady.

In 1958, she moved to New York, where she joined the Harlem Writers Guild, acted in the historic Off-Broadway production of Jean Genet's The Blacks and wrote and performed Cabaret for Freedom. Writing Prompt
In the first volume of an autobiographical series, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", Maya Angelou based her writings off of how her journey began. She does so through a continuous metaphor of herself represented by a bird.

Either free-write a short piece or create a poem that you feel best expresses a past or current journey you have/will embarked on in a metaphoric analogy.

For example, I may choose an impatient lion waiting for its prey to represent my eagerness to start college this upcoming fall. Maya Angelou, reciting her poem, "On the Pulse of Morning", at President Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993 Poetry Autobiographies
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969).
Gather Together in My Name (1974)
Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas (1976)
The Heart of a Woman (1981)
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986)
A Song Flung Up to Heaven (2002)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou (2004)
Mom & Me & Mom (2013)
Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie (1971).
Oh Pray My Wings are Gonna Fit Me Well (1975)
And Still I Rise (1978).
Shaker, Why Don't You Sing (1983).
Poems (1986).
Now Sheba Sings the Song (1987).
I Shall Not Be Moved (1990).
"On the Pulse of Morning" (1993).
The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (1994).
Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems for Women (1995).
A Brave and Startling Truth (1995).
"From a Black Woman to a Black Man", 1995
"Amazing Peace" (2005).]
"Mother, a Cradle to Hold Me" (2006).
"Celebrations, Rituals of Peace and Prayer" (2006).
Poetry for Young People (2007).
"We Had Him", 2009 Personal Essays Children's Books Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now (1993). Even the Stars Look Lonesome (1997).
Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes (2004).
Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me (2006).
Letter to My Daughter (2008). New York: Life Doesn't Frighten Me (1993).
My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken and Me (1994). Kofi and His Magic (1996).
Maya's World series (2004). Sources http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/maya_angelou/poems/494 http://mayaangelou.com/bio/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Maya_Angelou_works#Poetry The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and is tune is heard
on the distant hillfor the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
an the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.
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