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Maya Angelou


Wesley Petry

on 7 March 2013

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Transcript of Maya Angelou

The Life of Maya Angelou

By Wesley Petry, Alicia Johnson, Faith Scriven, and Brandon Banke In order to support her child Maya Angelou was required to work many jobs. Childhood Marguerite Ann Johnson (Maya Angelou) was born on April 4th, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. She grew up in Stamps, Arkansas with her grandmother. On a visit to see her mother a childhood trauma occurred. As a result, she stopped speaking for five years at the age of eight. Middle Life Maya Angelou had a child at the age of 16. Her child's name was Guy. She had many careers in order to support her family. Most of her careers involved arts. She had three husbands whose names were, Paul Du Feu, Enistasious Tosh Angelos, and Vusumizi Make Later Life Maya Angelou wrote the book "The Caged Bird Sings". It was published in 1969. This book explains the first 17 years of her life and that is why she is called Maya Angelou. She is recognized as America's most visible black autobiographer. -Joanne M. Braxton Inspirations Martin Luther King Jr. Malcolm X Quotes A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

I have learned that people forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel. http://sandrarose.com/2008/05/pics-maya-angelous-80th-birthday-celebration-54/ http://gcmwatch.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/angelou.jpg&w=594&h=419&ei=xf03UbeyFIna9ASKuYHACg&zoom=1&ved=1t:3588 Maya Angelou and her husband at her 80th birthday party. Poems 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
A Brave and startling truth
Momma Welfare roll
A Plagued journey
Phenomenal Women
I know why the caged bird sings
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. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings -A Brave and Startling Truth
-Momma Welfare Roll
-A Plagued Journey
-Phenomenal Woman
-I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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