Maya Angelou

Angelou’s voice speaks to generations

Maya Angelou speaks at President Clinton's inauguration.

Maya Angelou speaks at President Clinton’s inauguration.

Abby Flick, Contributor

    “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”- Maya Angelou, American poet. 

     Born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 4, 1928, Angelou had a rough childhood. Her parents split up when she was young. Shortly after the divorce her brother and her moved in with their grandma. She was physically abused by her mother’s boyfriend. Angelou testified against the man and then her uncles beat him to death. She was an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, first black female director in Hollywood, performer, singer, and a civil rights activist. Angelou is most famous for writing “On the Pulse of Morning”, “Woman Work”, and “We Had Him”. 

     Because of her activism, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asked Angelou to become the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. From 1961 to 1962 she was associate editor of “The Arab Observer” in Cairo, Egypt for the only English-language news weekly in the Middle East. Angelou returned to the U.S in 1974. She wrote the first screenplay for the film “Georgia, Georgia” and was also the executive producer. Angelou died on May 28, 2014, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Image result for maya angelou