- NAME: Maya Angelou
- OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist, Author, Poet
- BIRTH DATE: April 04, 1928 (Age: 85)
- Did You Know?: Maya Angelou became the first black female streetcar conductor in San Francisco, California, in the 1940s.
- Did You Know?: Maya Angelou's 1969 autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, is the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman.
- Did You Know?: Maya Angelou recited one of her poems at President Bill Clinton's 1993 inaugural ceremony—marking the first inaugural recitation since 1961.
- Did You Know?: Maya Angelou was lauded in 1995 for her record-setting, two-year run on The New York Times' paperback nonfiction best-seller list.
- Did You Know?: Maya Angelou is the first African-American woman to have her screenplay produced, for the 1972 film Georgia, Georgia.
- Did You Know?: MLK Jr. was assassinated on friend Maya Angelou's birthday (April 5) in 1968. Angelou stopped celebrating her birthday for years afterward.
- Did You Know?: In 1952, Maya Angelou married a Greek sailor named Anastasios Angelopulos, from whom she took her professional name.
- EDUCATION: George Washington High School, California Labor School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: St. Louis, Missouri
- AKA: Marguerite Johnson
- Full Name: Marguerite Annie Johnson
- AKA: Marguerite Ann Johnson
- Nickname: Maya
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aries
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Maya Angelou is a poet and award-winning memoirist known for the acclaimed poetry collection I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Listen to the poem Maya Angelou read at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration on January 20, 1993.
A short biography of author and poet Maya Angelou who wrote the bestselling autobiography, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."
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While at Spelman College, Alice Walker turned down a scholarship to study abroad in Paris in order to go to Mississippi to pursue civil rights equality.
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Angelou is good friends with TV personality Oprah Winfrey, who has organized several birthday celebrations for the award-winning author, including a week-long cruise for her 70th birthday in 1998.
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