Maya Angelou

One of Maya Angelou’s Quotes was "life doesn't frighten me at all.” I chose to do a report on Maya Angelou because I wanted to learn more about her and what she was famous for.

Born: April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri
Death: In the year 1998
Parents: not known
Education: Studied dancing with Pearl Primus
She was nominated for a Tony Award, an Emmy Award and a Pulitzer Prize.

When Maya Angelou was eight years old she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. For the next five years she refused to speak. Maya Angelou spent her formative years shuttling between St. Louis, Arkansas and San Francisco where she realized her goal of becoming the cities first black streetcar conductor. In the 1950’s , Maya Angelou studied dancing with Pearl Primus in New York, and later she appeared as a nightclub singer in New York and San Francisco. She worked as an editor for the Arab Observer, An English-language weekly published in Cairo. Maya Angelou lived in Accra, Ghana where under the black nationalist regime of Karane Nkrumah she taught music, drama, and studied cinematography in Sweden.

Maya Angelou’s first achievement was, when she became a celebrity in 1970 with the publication of “ I Know why the caged bird sings”. It was the first volume of her autobiography. Maya Angelou’s second achievement was in 1971 when she produced “ just give me a cool drink of water ‘fore I die.”

Angelou has taught at several American colleges and universities, including the University of Kansas, Wichita State University and California State University at Sacramento. Since the early 1980’s she has been Reynolds professor and writer residence at Wake Forest University. She was an American author, poet, and playwright. Maya Angelou achieved a lot of things she became a teacher, actress, poet and more. Another quote that she wrote was If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning "Good morning" at total strangers.


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