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Transcript of Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou was born on April 24th, 1928 in St.Louis Missouri
She was raised in St. Louis and Staps, Arkansas
As a child Maya experienced racial discrimination
At the age of 14 she dropped out of school, and became a cable car conductor
When she was 17 years old, Maya gave birth to her only son Guy
Maya has received over 50 honorary degrees
During the years of 1954-1958 Maya preformed in many shows and recorded her first album Calypso Lady
In 1960, she moved to Egypt and was the editor of The Arab Observer
In 1961 she taught at the University of Ghana's School of music and drama and was an editor for the African Review and wrote for The Ghanaian Times
In 1964 she returned to America and contributed in the Organization of African American Unity
She served as a Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership conference
In 1970 Maya's book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was published
She has written and directed many films and still appears on television and in films
She is currently a Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University
Accomplishments and Achievements
Maya Angelou has served on two presidential committees
She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts
She was awarded the Lincoln Medal
She has received 3 Grammy Awards
Impacts on Society
Maya is an accomplished writer/poet
She is an activist and has served on many committees and been a part of many organizations
She is an actor, singer and dancer, and director.
Maya is also a teacher, and currently teaches at Wake Forest University
What I learned
While doing my project on Maya Angelou I learned that she is a very generous and hard working women. She has never given up, and for that she has changed so many peoples lives. Born in an era where African American people were considered unimportant, Maya defied the normal and became one of the greatest activists of our time. She is hailed as an internationally regarded figure for her role as a civil rights leader, continuing to fight for social and racial justice. Sharing her vast knowledge and wise words with the world.
Organization of African American Unity
Hands on Nashville
English ISU- Maya Angelou
"If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
By: Gabby Johnstone
To get involved with any of these organizations or to contribute to Maya Angelou's cause you can go on any of the websites of these organizations