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Transcript of Maya Angelou
Books & Poetry Phenomenal Woman Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
That's me. 1960! Moved to After the Death... Maya's close friend and novelist, James Baldwin, guided her to work on her book that became published in 1970... I'd like to leave you with some more knowledge! "Don't be in a hurry to condemn-There was a time when you didn't know what you know today." -Malcolm X Born as Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928 (age 84) Had a brother, Bailey Johnson Who was two years older Quote of the Day! "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but... People will never forget how you made them feel." Intention: Laugh as much as you cry, get your work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return! Inspirations! Mrs. Bertha Flowers First Autobiography (1970) "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." Second (1974) Third (1976) Fourth (1981) Fifth (1986) Sixth & Last (2002) Life Events Though Maya experienced much brutality
and discrimination in her early life... Among her grandmother and brother... As a teenager,
-later finished high school, giving birth to her son, Guy, a few weeks after graduation.
-Young single mother, supporting Guy by working as a waitress and cook (however her passion for music, dance, performance, and poetry would soon take center stage...) -love for the arts won her a scholarship to study dance and drama in San Francisco -At 14, she dropped out to become San Francisco’s first African-American female cable car conductor. 1954 & 1955! Toured Europe with a production of the opera, Porgy and Bess. Studied dance & danced on television variety shows 1957! Recorded her first album, Calypso Lady 1958! Moved to & joined the Harlem Writers Guild Acted in off broadway production of The Blacks Wrote & performed, Cabaret for Freedom Cairo! -Editor of the English language weekly (the arab observer) 61' Moved to Ghana! -Taught at University of Ghana's School of Music and Drama -Worked as a feature editor for The African Review -Also wrote for the Ghanaian Times While she was abroad... French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Fanti 1964 Malcolm X Met in Ghana, returned to America & built his new organization of African American Unity. ...The Ill Fated Martin Luther King Jr. He asked Dr. Angelou to serve as Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference 4 years later...Dr. King was assassinated on the day of Maya's Birthday. Writing Activity! Maya, Malcolm & Martin all decidedly became activists due to their personal experiences with being victimized by a large matter... IF YOU had the opportunity to voice your opinion to the world, what would that matter be and what would your opening statement be? Writing Activity! "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a ____." One last Writing Activity! Maya is Christian I would like you to write down who or what form of higher power or spirituality represents your "God" REMEMBER: these two people were and are known to introduce the power of the written and spoken word in order to convey their exact emotions with gracefulness and control... Which was the first of the many autobiographical series, HER LIFES WORK 1972: Film, Georgia, Georgia
(Wrote Screenplay + composed the score) (This was the first script by an African American to be filmed-It was nominated for a Pulitzer prize) (1977) Appeared in TV adaptation of Roots 1993: Poetic Justice 1996: Down in the Delta - Directed her first feature film 2008: The Black Candle - Composed and narrated poetry for award winning documentary "Little" Facts!
-Presidential Medal of Arts (2000)
-Lincoln Medal (2008)
-3 Grammy Awards
-Clinton requested her composing the poem that she recited at his inauguration in 1993
-Received over 30 honorary degrees
-Is a Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University Just kidding..
ONE MORE ACTIVITY!! "My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy."
"Some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors." "When you know better, you do better." - Dr. Maya Angelou Dr. Maya Angelou originally lived with her mother and father in Missouri. However, her and Bailey were sent to live in Arkansas with their Grandmother and Uncle, due to the fact that her mother was not financially stable. 1991 2008 2010 3-17 Malcolm was Muslim On the Pulse of Morning
A Rock, A River, A TreeHosts to species long since departed, Marked the mastodon,The dinosaur, who left dried tokens Of their sojourn hereOn our planet floor,Any broad alarm of their hastening doom Is lost in the gloom of dust and ages.But today, the Rock cries out to us, clearly, forcefully, Come, you may stand upon myBack and face your distant destiny,But seek no haven in my shadow,I will give you no hiding place down here.You, created only a little lower thanThe angels, have crouched too long in The bruising darknessHave lain too longFacedown in ignorance,Your mouths spilling wordsArmed for slaughter.The Rock cries out to us today, You may stand upon me, But do not hide your face.