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Maya Angelou Timeline

The life of this famous female Black African American poet and actress
Her involvement in the American Civil Rights Movement
Dates relating to her family and education
"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"
Her successes and awards

Why is Maya Angelou famous?
Maya Angelou is famous as the Black African American poet, actress and an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement.

Maya Angelou Timeline

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Short Biography of Maya Angelou
Date of Birth: Born on April 4, 1928
Place of Birth : Saint Louis, Missouri
Parents: Father - Bailey Johnson
             Mother: Vivian Baxter Johnson
Background Facts, Information & Ancestry : Maya was descended from the Mende people of West Africa. Her brother, Bailey Jr., gave her the nickname "Maya".



April 4, 1928 - Her timeline begins when Maya was born as Marguerite Ann Johnson in Saint Louis, Missouri. Her parents were Bailey and Vivian Baxter Johnson



Her parents marriage ended and Maya and her brother were sent to live with her father's mother, Mrs. Annie Henderson, in Stamps, Arkansas



The children were returned to the care of their mother in St. Louis



Maya was sexually abused and raped by her mother's boyfriend, Mr. Freeman. The shock made Maya mute and the children were sent back to live with their grandmother once again



Maya and her brother returned to live with her mother in San Francisco where she attended George Washington High School and studied dance and drama on a scholarship at the California Labor School



Teacher Bertha Flowers helped Maya to talk again and encouraged her interest in literature



She dropped out of school in her teens to become San Francisco's first African American female cable car conductor



Maya returned to high school, but became pregnant and graduated a few weeks before giving birth to her son, Guy. She left home to bring up her son as a single mother working as a waitress and cook



She married a Greek sailor named Tosh Angelos but the marriage quickly failed



She began her career as a nightclub singer and during this time took the name Maya Angelou



Toured in a production of Porgy and Bess



Recorded the album called Calypso Lady



Developed her skills in writing poetry and moved to New York, where she joined the Harlem Writers Guild



Became involved with Civil Rights Activists



At the request of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou became the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.



She met the South African civil rights activist Vusumzi Make and in 1960, the couple and Guy moved, to Cairo, Egypt. In Cairo, Maya Angelou worked as editor of the English language weekly The Arab Observer. She later moved to Ghana



Returned to America hoping to help Malcolm X build his new Organization of African American Unity



Malcolm X is assassinated and Maya began working on her Autobiographical book 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'



I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is published



Maya Angelou married Paul du Feu and moved with him and her son to Sonoma, California. She then worked on her writing and acting



Published Gather Together in My Name



Published Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas



She divorced Paul du Feu



Published The Heart of a Woman



Met Oprah Winfrey and became her friend and mentor



Maya Angelou reads her poem On the Pulse of Morning at inauguration of President Bill Clinton



Published All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes



Published A Song Flung Up to Heaven



Receives the Chubb Fellowship Award, Yale University



Receives the Pulitzer Prize Nomination for Just Give Me A Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die



Receives the Ladies' Home Journal Award ("Woman of the Year in Communication")



Receives the Golden Eagle Award, Afro-American in the Arts



Receives Fulbright Program 40th Anniversary Distinguished Lecturer award



Receives Langston Hughes Medal



Grammy for "Best Spoken Word Album," "On The Pulse of Morning,"



Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Association National Award



Receives Mother Teresa Award



Maya Angelou became a radio talk show host for the first time hosting a weekly show for XM Satellite Radio's Oprah & Friends channel



Becomes the first recipient of Hope for Peace and Justice Voice of Peace award

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