Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her full name is Marguerite Annie Johnson. Her parents are Bailey Johnson and Vivian Baxter Johnson. Her father, Bailey Johnson worked as a doorman and her mother, Vivian Baxter Johnson worked as a nurse. Angelou was a poet, memoirist and a civil rights activist. Her parents split up when she was very young. Because of this, Angelou and her brother moved to Arkansas where their grandmother had lived. Because she was African American, Angelou was discriminated. While visiting her mother, she was abused by her mother's boyfriend. Angelou’s uncle was very upset so he killed the boyfriend. Angelou was traumatized by the experience so she went mute. After going back to Arkansas she spent many of her years there as a mute. …show more content…
While she was living in San Francisco, California, she won a scholarship to California Labor School. While at the school she studied dance and acting. She became the first black female cable car conductor. In 1944, Angelou gave birth to a son. She worked many jobs to support her son. In 1952, she married Anastasios Angelopulos. She changed her name to Maya Angelou by taking a shortened version of her husband's last name and took her childhood nickname which was Maya. In the 1950’s, Angelou’s career started to take off. She was in many Broadway productions such as Miss Calypso, Porgy and Bess, and The Black’s. In the 1960’s she lived in places like Egypt and Ghana. She went to the University of Ghana for a while. After she returned, a friend encouraged her to write a book about many of her life experiences. In 1969, she wrote a book called “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” which talked about her years as a child and young adult. The book was the first nonfiction best-seller by an African
In the autobiography I Know The Caged Bird Sings: Maya Angelou, the story begins in California where three year old Maya Angelou and her four year old brother leave they're father to go live with they're paternal grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. They're grandmother runs a store there, which is the center of life in the Negro community of the town. Maya starts reading and enjoying literature while she is in Stamps, Shakespeare especially, along with other prominent black writers. Maya had many accomplishments in the 17 years recorded in I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. One of Maya Angelou's accomplishments in her 17 years in the story I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is when she secured a job as a conductorette.
Maya Angelou was not always called by that name, she was originally named Marguerite Johnson. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4th, 1928. Mrs. Angelou was a poet, educator, actress, producer, historian, and a civil rights activist. Maya Angelou is significant in American history because she always fought for women’s rights, her songs always meant something, and people looked up to what she stood for.
Marguerite Ann Johnson was born April 4, 1928 in St. Louis Missouri, at the age of three her parents divorce and Marguerite and her brother Bailey were sent to live with their grandmother in Stamps Arkansas. During her time leaving in Stamps Marguerite and her brother were exposed to racial discrimination but also were raised with in a very religious African American home. Marguerite and Bailey were very close, Bailey actually gave marguerite her nickname ‘Maya.” Bailey first started by calling his sister “My” as in my sister because he used to stutter. Overtime Bailey read a book on the Maya Indians and started to call his sister Maya and that has been here nickname since (Maya Angelou Biography -- Academy of Achievement.com).
Maya Angelou was born on April 4th, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri and her first name being Marguerite Annie Johnson. Marguerite was the daughter of Bailey Johnson, a doorman and navy dietitian, and Vivian Johnson, a nurse and card dealer. At the age of three, she and her brother (who was four) were sent to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas by train alone. At the age of 8 and after an incident involving Marguerite, her mother, and her mother’s boyfriend, Marguerite met Mrs. Bertha Flowers. Mrs. Flowers was Marguerite’s teacher who introduced her to authors and black female artists that would affect her life and career.
Maya Angelou is an eighth grade student at Lafayette County Training School in Stamps, Arkansas. Lafayette is a school for African Americans only. Seniors in Stamps are preparing for graduation, while the lowerclassman are preparing for their next term coming. The graduating class at Stamps are absentminded by forgetting their supplies and textbooks at home, despite that, teachers are talking to the graduating students more and are looking at them like they are equal. Lafayette School was a huge downgrade compared to the White school nearby.
(Merriam-Webster.) Throughout this paper we will be exploring Maya Angelou’s legacy and her fight for women empowerment. On April 4, 1928 Bailey Johnson’s wife Vivian Baxter Johnson gave birth to Marguerite Ann Johnson who would later become known as Maya Angelou. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised there for a short time.
Maya Angelou was one of the most influential literary phenomenons, who created numerous inspiring works and paved the way for many African Americans, while facing discrimination and prejudices. She gave people hope through her countless works of literature and gave people an understanding to what it really feels like to be an African American. Throughout her life, Maya had a very traumatic childhood. Her parents, Vivian Baxter Johnson and Bailey Johnson, had gotten a divorce when she was 3 and she as well as her brother, were sent to live with her grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas.
Angelou: activist, actress, author, civil rights icon, director, feminist, mother, playwright, wife, and poet. Angelou would grow to be best known for her iconic work in the fields of film, literature, and her time as a civil
Maya Angelou recalls the first seventeen years of her life, discussing her unsettling childhood in her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maya and Bailey were sent from California to the segregated South to live with their grandmother, Momma. At the age of eight, Maya went to stay with her mother in St. Louis, where she was sexually abused and raped by her mother’s boyfriend, Mr. Freeman. Maya confronts these traumatic events of her childhood and explores the evolution of her own strong identity. Her individual and cultural feelings of displacement, caused by these incidents of sexual abuse, are mediated through her love for literature.
Even though Angelou was great and talented at what she did she had some poets that inspired her: “She read black authors like Langston Hughes, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Paul Lawrence Dunbar, as well as canonical works by William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and Edgar Allan Poe.” (pg1.p.2). Angelou uses fiction-writing to complicate the different types of genres relationships to help with truth and memory. “Angelou’s use of fiction-writing techniques like dialogue and plot in her autobiographies was innovative for its time and helped, in part, to complicate the genre 's relationship with truth and memory. Maya Angelou 's relation to the poem was that the entire poem was talking about her and embracing her
The purpose of this biography is to talk about the impacts Maya Angelou had on social and political issues in America. Maya Angelou was born April 4, 1928 St. Louis, Missouri. Her birth name is Marguerite Annie Johnson. Her parent’s split when she was young, Maya and her older brother, Bailey, went to live with her paternal grandmother, Anne Henderson, in Stamps, Arkansas. (Biography.com Editors, 2017) At the age of 17, after having a sexual
Today, Maya Angelou is known as a great poet, actress, screenwriter, author, and dancer. But at one moment in time, her powerful voice was unheard of. Her rough childhood, her parents’ divorce, and being raped by her mother’s boyfriend left Angelou overwhelmed. This left her too traumatized to speak for several years. She finally found her voice through traveling, acting, and writing.
In the autobiography written by Maya (Marguerite) Angelou titled I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya tells the story of her and her little brother Bailey who was sent to live with their paternal grandmother who is referred to as Momma Henderson in Stamps, Arkansas. Maya and her brother both lived a pretty normal country life with their grandmother in a southern state that at the time still had segregation. During one Christmas season, gifts arrived for Maya and her brother. Up to that point, Maya and her brother believed that their parents were dead. (Angelou, 52) Shortly after that Maya and her brother was brought back to reside with their mother, Vivian in St. Louis.
Maya Angelou, one of my personal favorite poet write. This woman has wrote some of the most inspirational poem. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, not only was she a great poet she was also an; civil right activist, author, actress, screenwriter, and a dancer. Ms. Angelou was know for her poem,“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which mad literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman.” Ms. Angelou received several honors thought out her career.