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Maya Angelou Prezi

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Rachel Surles

on 11 January 2013

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Maya Angelou Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. Biography Early Life Marguerite Ann Johnson was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri.
She received her nickname from her older brother, Bailey, who had a stutter and could only say "My" for "My sister" which later formed into Maya. Years of Silence When living with her mother, Maya Angelou was sexually abused by her mother's boyfriend at age eight. Too embarrassed to tell anyone, Angelou told her brother, who proceeded to tell the rest of the family. The abuser was put on trial and was sentenced to jail, but was let out after one day, and a few days later was murdered presumably by one of Angelou's uncles. After this chain of events, Angelou became mute for five years, for she thought that her words and actions had caused the man to die, when in fact it was quite the opposite. Education and Early Adulthood As a teenager, Angelou won a scholarship to study dance and drama at San Francisco’s Labor School.
When she was 14, she quit school to become San Francisco’s first African-American female cable car conductor.
Later on she finished high school, and shortly after graduation she gave birth to her son, Guy. Years in Africa In 1960, Maya Angelou moved to Cairo, Egypt where she served as an editor of an English newspaper. A year later, she moved to Ghana where she taught at the University of Ghana's School of Music and Drama, and worked there as an editor as well. During her time there, she met with Malcolm X and returned with him to America in 1964 to work for Civil Rights. Her honors include:
A National Book Award nomination for "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."
Multiple Pulitzer Prize Awards.
A Tony Award nomination for her role in the 1973 play "Look Away."
Awarded three Grammys.
Her script for "Georgia, Georgia" was the first by an African American woman ever to be filmed, and she was San Francisco's first African American woman cable car conductor as well.
During her years in Africa, Angelou mastered the languages of Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic and the West African language Fanti.
She has received over 30 honorary degrees from a variety of universities.
Read a poem at President Clinton's inauguration in 1993.
And finally, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama, the highest civilian award. Soon after her civil rights work, Maya Angelou
started her writing career, and was made famous by her simple wisdom that applies to each of our lives. Achievements Maya Angelou has been recognized and awarded in a variety of ways for her various talents of musicality and intellect. Here is a video of Maya Angelou saying one of her more famous poems, "Still I Rise."
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