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Maya Angelou

Mr. Wilson's period 6, group 8 Autor Presentaition

matt cobb

on 12 November 2009

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Maya Angelou Summary Of Books Of Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya character's movie-star dream of being so blond-haired and blue-eyed that she amazes onlookers. The scenario, heavily laced with rhythm, dialect, alliteration, and exacting imagery, reveals two of the author's strengths—her natural gift for language and her insistence on an upbeat, gentle self-deprecation, easily flowing from the humor sparked by incongruity and wit. Against the fairy godmother fantasy, she reveals that in reality she is a "too-big Negro girl, with nappy black hair, broad feet and a space between her teeth that would hold a number-two pencil." As she internalizes her blackness, she equates it with ugliness, a self-image that clouds her childhood. In the last paragraph of her surrealistic exit from church, Angelou utilizes sensory impressions to dramatize her need to urinate, describing the urge as a "green persimmon, or it could have been a lemon, [which] caught me between the legs and squeezed." The forward rolling pitch that hurtles the small girl down the aisle presages the underlying rhythms that move her through the rest of the narrative against a tide of setbacks and disappointments that scarcely daunt her determined passage.

The Heart of a Woman

As The Heart of a Woman begins, her turbulent life breaks wide open with joy as the singer-dancer enters the razzle-dazzle of fabulous New York City. There, at the Harlem Writers Guide, her love for writing blazes anew. Her compassion and commitment lead her to respond to the fiery times by becoming the northern coordinator of Martin Luther King's history-making quest. A tempestuous, earthy woman, she promises her heart to one man only to have it stolen, virtually on her wedding day, by a passionate African freedom fighter.
Filled with unforgettable vignettes of famous characters, from Billie Holiday to Malcolm X, The Heart of a Woman sings with Maya Angelou's eloquent prose -- her fondest dreams, her deepest disappointments, and her dramatically tender relationship with her rebellious teenage son. Vulnerable, humorous, tough, Maya speaks with an intimate awareness of the heart within us all.

Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well

A collection of thirty-six poems offers an eloquent celebration of life, love, memory and self-discovery and elegizes the African-American past, loneliness, losses, and destruction.

Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die

A two-part anthology of poetry reflects on a black woman's experiences in America in "Where Love Is a Scream of Anguish," which interweaves poems of love, nostalgia, and memory, and "Just Before the World Ends," about the inherent confrontations of a racial society. Reis

The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou

Brought together for the first time, here are all of Maya Angelou's published poems--including "On the Pulse of Morning", her inaugural poem--in a handsome collectible hardcover edition. The complete texts of Angelou's previous volumes of poetry have been reset and redesigned for this edition.

Date of Birth: April 4, 1928
Place of Birth: Saint Louis, Missouri
Parents: Father - Bailey Johnson
Mother - Vivian Baxter Johnson
Background Facts, Information & Ancestry: Maya was decended from Mende people of West Africa. Her brother, Bailey Jr., gave here the nickname "Maya"

1928 - Her timeline begins when Maya was born as Marguerite Ann Johnson in Saint Louis, Missouri. Her parents were Bailey and Vvian Baxter Johnson.

1931 - Her parents marriage ended and Maya and her brother were sent to live with her father's mother, Mrs. Annie Henderson, in Stamps, Arkansas.

1935 - The Children were returened to the care of their mother in Saint Louis.

1937 - Maya was Sexually Abused by her mother's biyfriend, Mr.Freeman. The shock made Maya mute and they were sent to live with their grandmother once again.

1941 - Maya and her brother returned to live with her mother in San Francisco where she attended George Washington High School and studied dance and drama on a scholarship at the California Labor School.

1942 - Teacher Bertha Flowers helped Maya to talk again and encouraged her interest in literature.

1943 - Maya returned to high school , but became pregnant and grarduated a few weeks before giving birth to her son, Guy. She left home to bring up her son as a single mother working as a waitress and cook.

1952 - She married a Greek sailor named Tosh Angelos but the marriage quickly failed.

1952 - She began her career as a nightclub singer and durrimg this time took the name Maya Angelou.

1954/5 - Toured in a production of Porgy and Bess.

1957 - Recourded the album called Calypso Lady.

1958 - Developed her skills in writing poetry and moved to New York, where she joined the Harlem Writers Guild.

1959 - Became involved with Civil Rights Activists.

1960 - She met the South African civil rights activist Vusumzi make and in 1960, the couple and Guy moved, to Cairo, Egypt. In Cairo, Maya Angelou worked as editor of the English language weekly The Arab Observer. She later moved to Ghana.

1964 - Returned to America hoping to help Malcolm X build his new Organization of African American Unity.

1968 - Malcolm X is assassinated and Maya began working on her Autobiographical book " I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"

1970 - "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" is Published

1973 - Maya Angelou married Paul du Feu and moved with him and er son to Sonoma, California. She then worked on her writing and acting.

1974 - Published "Gather together in My Name"

1976 - Published "Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas"

1981 - She divorced Paul du Freu

1981 - Published "The Heart of a Woman"

1984 - Met Oprah Winfrey and became her friend and mentor.

1993 - Maya Angelou reads her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at inaguration of President Bill Clinton.

1997 - Published "All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes"

2002 - Published "A Song Flung From Heaven"


1970 - Receives te Chubb Fellowship Award,Yale University

1972 Receives the Pulitzer Prize Nomination fpr Just Give Me A Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die

1976 - Receives the Ladies' Home Journal Award "Woman of the Year in Communication")

1977 - Receives the Golden Eagle Award, Afro-American in Arts

1986 - Receives Fulbright Program 40th Anniversary Distinguished Lecturer award.

1993 - Grammy for "Best Spoken Word Album," "On THe Pulse of Morning."

1996 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Association National Award

2006 - Receives Mother Teresa Award

2008 - Becomes the first recipient of Hope for Peace and Justice Voice of Peace award.
Published 1970 Published 1981
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