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Maya Angelou

Maya AngelouAKA Marguerite Johnson

Born: 4-Apr-1928
Birthplace: St. Louis, MO
Died: 28-May-2014
Location of death: Winston-Salem, NC
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Cremated

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Occupation: Poet
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Raised by her grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas for five years and then returned to her mother, where she was raped by her mother's boyfriend. After journalism work in Africa, Angelou became nationally famous with her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She delivered a poem at Bill Clinton's January 1993 inaugural celebration. Since 1981 Angelou is a lifetime Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Father: Bailey Johnson (naval dietician)
Mother: Vivian Baxter
Brother: Bailey, Jr.
Son: Claude Johnson ("Guy", b. 1945 out of wedlock, see Caged Bird Sings)
Husband: Tosh Angelos (sailor, married five years, div. 1952)
Husband: Paul Du Feu (m. 1973, div. 1981)
Husband: Vusumzi Make (div. 1963)

    High School: George Washington High School, San Francisco, CA
    Professor: American Studies, Wake Forest University (1981)

    Southern Christian Leadership Conference
    Academy of Achievement (1990)
    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Honorary
    American Film Institute Trustee, 1975
    Caring Institute Board of Trustees (Honorary)
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
    Gore 2000
    Mothers Against Drunk Driving National Board of Advisors (2003-05)
    National Leadership PAC
    National Stroke Association Board of Directors
    UNICEF Ambassador, 1976
    US Holocaust Memorial Museum Council
    National Medal of Arts 2000
    National Women's Hall of Fame
    Spingarn Medal 1994
    St. Louis Walk of Fame
    Order of the Long Leaf Pine
    Presidential Medal of Freedom 2010
    Risk Factors: Marijuana

    Down in the Delta (5-Aug-1998)

    Under African Skies (22-Jan-2012) · Herself
    Good Hair (18-Jan-2009) · Herself
    As Seen Through These Eyes (8-Mar-2008) · Narrator
    Madea's Family Reunion (24-Feb-2006)
    How to Make an American Quilt (6-Oct-1995) · Anna
    The Journey of August King (14-Sep-1995) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Poetic Justice (23-Jul-1993) · Aunt June

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Author of books:
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970, memoir)
Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie (1971, poetry)
Gather Together in My Name (1974, memoir)
Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well (1975, poetry)
And Still I Rise (1978, poetry)
The Heart of a Woman (1981)
Shaker, Why Don't You Sing? (1983, poetry)
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986, memoir)
The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (1994, poetry)
A Song Flung Up to Heaven (2002)

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