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My Name Is Margaret
Transcript of My Name Is Margaret
written by Maya Angelou Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou is novelist, poet, playwright, actress, composer, and singer.
Actual name is Marguerite Annie Johnson.
Born in St.Louis Missouri on April, 04,1928.
Her brother Bailey gave her the name Maya, which has been the one she uses.
Parents divorced when she was three.
At the age of seven she was sexually molested by her mothers's boyfriend.
At the age of 16 she left home and was faced with being a single mother.
Grew up in Stamps, Arkansas. Accomplishments 1. Who gave Margaret the idea to break Mrs. Cullinan's China from Virginia? Quiz A. Bailey B. Miss Glory 2. How old is Margaret when she starts working for Mrs. Cullinan? A. 16 B. 14 C. 10 3. What new name did Mrs.Cullinan give to Margaret? A. Abby B. Mary C. Glory 4. Why does Margaret feel pity towards Mrs.Cullinan? A. She couldn't have children B. Mr. Cullinan is cheating onher. True or False 5. To be ludicrous means to be unamusing. Doess this article belong in Chapter 7? This article is in Chapter 7 and belongs in this chapter because it is a narrative story in which, Maya tells the events of her life in a chronological order. She gives vivid descriptions of what is occuring. Quotes "Her name's Margaret, goddamn it, her name's Margaret." Pg.214,41 "While white girls learned to waltz and sit gracefully with a tea cup balanced on their knees, we were lagging behinde, learning the mid-Victorian values with very little money to indulge them." Pg.211,1 "Every person I knew had a hellish horror of being 'called out of his name.'"Pg.213, 29 " I was fascinated with the novelty, with the fluttering Mrs. Cullinan and her Alice-in-Wonderland house." Pg.212,7 " It was a dangerous practice to call a Negro anything that could be loosely construed as insulting because of the centuries of their having been called niggers, jigs, dinges,blackbirds, crows,boots, and spooks." Pg.213,29 This selection is about how Margaret takes a job in Mrs. Viola Cullinan’s home at the age of ten. The cook, Miss Glory, a descendant of the slaves once owned by the Cullinans, informs Maya that Mrs. Cullinan could not have children and Maya feels pity for Mrs. Cullinan. One day, one of Mrs. Cullinan’s friends infuriates Maya when she suggests that Mrs. Cullinan call her“Mary” because “Margaret” is too long. When Mrs. Cullinan begins calling her Mary, Maya becomes furious. She knows her mother will not allow her to quit, so she decides she must find a way to get fired. She intentionally slacks in her work, but to no effect. Maya then takes Bailey’s advice and breaks some of Mrs. Cullinan’s Virginia dishes. Mrs. Cullinan insults Maya with a racist slur. Upon hearing Mrs. Cullinan’s sobs and screams, her friends crowd into the kitchen and one of them asks if “Mary” is responsible. Mrs. Cullinan screams, “Her name’s Margaret, goddamn it, her name's Margaret.”Margaret leaves running leaving the door open for the neighbors to see what occured. Summary San Fransico's First African American female cable car conductor.
She toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess in 1945 and 1955.
Studied modern dance with Martha Graham, danced with Alvin Ailey on different television shows.
In 1957 recorded her first record album Calypos Lady. Cont. Quiz 1. Who gave Margaret the idea to break Mrs. Cullinan's China from
Virginia? A. Bailey 2. How old is Margaret when she starts working for Mrs. Cullinan? C.10 3. What new name did Mrs.Cullinan give to Margaret? B.Mary 4.Why does Margaret feel pity towards Mrs. Cullinan? A. She couldn't have children. 5. To be ludicrous means to be unamusing. False. It means to be foolish, unreasonable, or out of place to be amusing. She acted in the historic Off-Broadway production of Jean Genet's The Blacks and wrote and performed a Cabaret for Freedom with the actor and comedian Godfrey Cambridge. She served as an instructor and administrator at the University of Ghana's School of Music and Drama, worked as feature editor for The African Review and wrote for The Ghananian Times and the Ghanaian Broadcasting Company.
Active in the Civil Rights Movement, working close with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who requested she serve as the Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
She wrote the screenplay and composed the score for the film Georgia, Georgia in 1972.
Her screenplay, the first African American woman ever to be filmed was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
President Ford appointed her to the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission.
President Carter invited her to serve on the Presidential Commission for the International Year of the Woman.
Composed a poem for Clinton's inauguration in 1993. A member of the Harlem Writers Guild Personal Life Good friends with Oprah Winfrey.
She studied and mastered French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and the West African language Fanti.
In 2008 was awarded the Ford's Theatre Lincoln Medal
Awarded the Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama.
She is 84.
In 1952, she married a Greek sailor named Anastasios Angelopulos.
In New York, she fell in love with the South African civil rights activist Vusumzi Make and in 1960, the couple moved, with Angelou's son, to Cairo, Egypt