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Maya Angelou

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Nikki Zee

on 1 April 2015

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Transcript of Maya Angelou

Difficult Early Life
Born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri

Subjected to legal racial discrimination

Sexually molested at age 7

Uncle would then murder her attacker

Pink Ladies
Christina Summerlin, Nicole Reyes,
Nikki Zarnecki & Stephanie Rademacher- Schubbe

Awards and Honors
Actively protested, written about and lectured
Civil Rights for African Americans and Women
African Americans and Women in the Arts
Professional Career
Maya Angelou
Communication Skills
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."
Life in San Francisco
First female African-American cable car conductor
Nightclub performer
"Porgy and Bess"
"Miss Calypso" recorded
Associate editor of the Arab Observer
Assistant administrator for the School of Music & Drama at the University of Ghana
Feature editor for the African Review
"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" published
"Georgia, Georgia"
Reynolds Professor of American Studies
Weekly show for Oprah Radio
2013 - "Mom & Me & Mom" is published
Academy of Achievement. (2014). Maya Angelou. Retrieved from http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/ang0bio-1

CNN Library. (2014). Fast Facts about Maya Angelou. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/04/us/maya-angelou-fast-facts/

Wickman, F. (2014). Maya Angelou’s Legacy in Hip-Hop. Retrieved from http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/05/28/maya_angelou_s_legacy_in_hip_hop_poet_leaves_behind_a_history_of_appearances.html
Seven autobiographies
Three books of essays
Several books of poetry
Credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows
Received 21 honorary degrees
Communication Achievements
1976: The Ladies' Home Journal "Woman of the Year in Communication" Award
1983: Matrix Award
1986: 40th Anniversary Distinguished Lecturer Award
The Fulbright Program for African American people who help in relations between the United States and other countries.
2013: The Norman Mailer Prize
Lifetime Achievement Award
At age 13, she won a scholarship to Mission High School to study dance and drama
Exposed to progressive ideals
Graduated High School but became pregnant at age 16
Had a difficult life being a single mother
Career in Poetry & Music
1952-Married Greek Sailor Anastasios Angelou
Took the stage name Maya Angelou
Combining both childhood name & Ex-husband's name
Continued to write poetry & music
End of 1950's New York
Interest in writing increased & subsequently joined the Harlem Writers Guild
"I try to pull the language into such a sharpness that it jumps off the page."
Influence on Hip-Hop
Tupac's Album entitled "Still I Rise"
“I was born not to make it, but I did/ The tribulations of a ghetto kid/ Still I rise.”
Rapper Common "The dreamer, The Believer"
Recites Maya Angelou's poem at the of his track
Clipse rapper Malice "intro we got it cheap"
“It’s like tryin’ to fly, but they clippin’ your wings/ And that’s exactly why the caged bird sings.”

A Phenomenal Woman
Clinton's Inauguration
"On the Pulse of Morning"
Million Man March
"From a Black Woman to a Black Man"

Received 51 honors and awards
American Ambassadorship by UNICEF
Pulitzer Prize nomination
The Lincoln Medal
Coretta Scott King Honor
Tony Award nomination
The Crystal Award
Langston Hughes medal.
Special Recognition
Special Recognitions
Received 51 honors and awards
American Ambassadorship by UNICEF
Pulitzer Prize Nominee
The Lincoln Medal
Coretta Scott King Honor
Tony Award Nomination
The Crystal Award
Langston Hughes Medal
"Cabaret for Freedom"
Northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Close associate with Malcolm X
Communication Skills
Pen & Paper
Mastered Languages
Aristotle's Theory
Figurative Language
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