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Dr. Maya Angelou

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Transcript of Dr. Maya Angelou

About Dr. Maya Angelou
Born: April 4, 1928 as Marguerite Ann Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri

Mother: Vivian Baxter Johnson, a nurse and real estate agent

Father: Bailey Johnson Sr., a doorman and naval dietitian.

Brother: Bailey Johnson Jr.

Dr. Angelou's Titles
Poet
Author
Film maker
Producer
Director
Actress
Educator
Civil Rights Activist

Poet:
Dr. Angelou has over 160 poems to her credit among the most popular of those poems were "And Still I Rise" and "Phenomenal Woman".

In 1993, Dr. Angelou reads her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton.

During the same year Dr. Angelou won a Grammy for "Best Spoken Word Album" for the same poem.

Author:
Dr. Angelou has published numerous of best-selling books including "I know why the cage bird sings".

Dr. Angelou has six autobiographies.

Five books of essays

Several books of poetry.

Film Maker/ Producer/ Director
Dr. Angelou worked in television as a writer-producer for 20th Century-Fox.

She wrote the screen play "Georgia, Georgia" and "All day long" along with the television scripts for "Sister, Sister" and the series of Brewster Place.

She wrote, produced and hosted the National Educational television series "Blacks! Blues! Black!“

In 1998, she made her first attempt at film directing with the feature length movie "Down in the Delta"

Actress
From 1954 to 1955 Dr. Angelou toured Europe with a production of the opera "Porgy and Bess".

In 1977, Dr. Angelou appeared in Alex Haley's "Roots“

In 1993, she had a role in John Singleton's "Poetic Justice".

In 1995, she was a co-star in the motion picture "How to make an American Quilt".

She acted in the historic Off-Broadway production of Jean Genet's "The Blacks".
she wrote and performed "Cabaret For Freedom"

Educator
Dr. Angelou read and studied French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, and the West African language Fanti.

She taught at West Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she held the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies.

She taught Philosophy, Ethics, Theology, Science, Theater, and Writing.

Civil Rights Activist
In 1964, with the intentions to meet with Malcolm X to help build his new Organization of African American Unity, Dr. Angelou was devastated to find that Malcolm X was assassinated and her plans for a new organization died with him.

Dr. Angelou continued to remain active in the Civil Rights Movement working closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King requested that Dr. Angelou serve as Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

Dr. Maya Angelou
By: Savage A. Denny
Dr. Maya Angelou
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise

STILL I RISE!
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