Angelou’s contribution to the Civil Rights Movement and her achievements as an activist were remarkable. While these achievements seem to be enough to last a lifetime, the Civil Rights Movement was only the beginning for Angelou. Angelou worked as an outspoken Civil Rights activist during the movement. But even after the Civil Rights Movement had ended, she continued to be a voice of humanity, speaking out against anything that harmed the human spirit. Angelou moved on to influence American society as a whole, from the 1970’s to the day she died, May 28, 2014. She was a multi-talented person as Toni Morrison, a friend and contemporary of Angelou, expressed: “She had 19 talents and used 10. And she was a real original.” (qtd, in Sherwell, 2014). …show more content…
Maya Angelou worked as a professor at Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, from 1991 to 2014. As an African American women, one whose life was full of racial discrimination and gender inequality, she had plenty of experience and wisdom to share with her students. During her time working at the university, she taught a variety of humanities courses such as “World Poetry in Dramatic Performance,” “Race, Politics and Literature,” “African Culture and Impact on U.S.,” and “Race in the Southern Experience” (Wake Forest University, …show more content…
It was the first time anyone had been invited to read a poem since John F. Kennedy invited Robert Frost in 1961. Angelou was the first African American and the first women honored in this way. Angelou felt that Clinton made the request because "he understood that I (Angelou) am the kind of person who really does bring people together.” (qtd, in Manegold, 1993) Her strong and influential poem reached millions of television viewers. In this poem “On the Pulse of the Morning”, Angelou refers to different races, cultures, and religions all working together. The main theme and purpose of this poem was for Angelou to point out to all of humankind that they need to return to the original foundations that made the country great, including basic values and an appreciation of nature (Bloom, 2001). This theme was related to Bill Clinton’s mission as President. "On the Pulse of Morning" dually worked to help convey the many goals of Clinton's new administration (Lupton, 1998, p.
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In Maya Angelou’s chapter Mrs. Flowers, Marguerite Johnson, finds how to become successful in a segregated America. What Mrs. Flowers does is teaches Marguerite how to avoid racist people, that usually meant staying home. Mrs Flowers made her memorize many works of literature such as poems. “Take this book of poems and memorize one for me. Next time you pay me a visit I want you to recite it.”
First, to understand a person’s achievements and reasons behind their success, one must understand where that person comes from. A major part of Angelou’s triumph is because of her upbringing, her personality and her aspirations. Angelou grew up in a small racially segregated town in Stamps, Arkansas. She lived with her devoutly Christian grandmother Momma, her uncle Willie and her older brother Bailey. Being sent away by her mother at such a young age, impacted Angelou’s mental state.
Darius Hudson February 8, 2016 Mr. Shannon English 1302.53 Maya Angelou Maya Angelou was born as Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis Missouri in 1928. She was three years old when her parents divorced and from that point forward; she spent much of her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas living with her grandmother whom everyone called "Momma." In Stamps, she learned what it was like to live as a black person in a white dominated society. Shortly after being raped by her mother’s boyfriend she returned back home to St. Louis.
In this essay, Maya Angelou demonstrates how the African American community was brought together by a fight to prove to the Whites that they too had the ability to succeed. The fight was an important event for the African Americans since back then they were looked as weak and if they won this fight it would signify that regardless of their race they had power. The African Americans gathered as a community for this fight and reacted the same way as Joe Louis; when he was getting beaten the crowd groaned and when he had the opportunity to beat the opponent, the crowd cheered. Maya Angelou writes this to display the strength a certain group obtains when brought together to achieve the same thing. Growing up in a big city has introduced me to different
Words might not cut a person’s skin or break his bones, but with all certainty they are not harmless. They can cause immediate pain or bring instant joy; they trigger emotional responses faster than any other senses can. At the beginning of “Graduation Day,” Maya Angelou sounds similar to any other graduate: anxious, excited, and ready to move on to the next step in her life. However, a speech by Edward Donleavy, a white man, unintentionally pointed out the people of the Negro race did not have the same opportunities as the white people.
American author Marguerite Annie Johnson Angelou, known for her poetry and autobiographies, was a controversial writer during the late 1900’s. Describing one’s past is maybe a difficult topic for certain people to share with others. Having millions of people read about it; however, is something not everyone will want to give. Unless, the reader receives an interest in the journey and ideas of the author. Angelou lived through a period in the late 1900’s where segregation was harsh for African-Americans.
At seven years old, her and her brother returned to live with their mother in St.Louis. There, Angelou was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. After the man was kicked to death, Angelou felt as though it was her fault because she lied at his trial. As a result, she didn’t
Maya Angelou, a famous poet and activist, was able to face and conquer a part of her life that was greatly affected. Her mother had left Maya and her brother when they were young with their grandmother. As years went forward she reconnected with her mother and dealt with a whirlwind of emotions. The strength she withheld to forgive and to love her mother was priceless. She never gave up on the warmth or the liberation to life because she knew this person was someone she needed in order to truly prosper and grow.
Maya Angelou is truly an inspiration. Maya Angelou gave many constructive contributions to the world, but also had many troublesome hurdles. However, she did not give up. She showed everyone that even though she is African American and a woman, she could do it. When Maya was 7, she was assaulted by her mother’s boyfriend, once she figured out her mother was not dead like she had been told by her grandma and
Maya Angelou writes about many exigencies to the American racists who view the negro population to be less worthy of education, limited by the color of their skin, and to have less human worth than the white, well-off folks. The purpose is to highlights the faults in the American society by racial discrimination of the Black-White Binary. Graduation was meant to be exciting and a monumental moment for a student, yet the “dead words fell like bricks.” Even the graduation speaker did not convey life or excitement in his demeanor or speech itself. This is the first exigency Maya Angelou points out.
She was also very confident and had a “beat in her heart and a pep in her walk”. She reminded black woman, men and children to stand up for what they believed in and do what you think is right. She had reminded them also to be confident if they ever want their goals. Like in the words of Maya herself: “If you don't like something change it, If you can't change it, change your attitude”. Her artistic and unique way of words has changed society today.
Maya Angelou philosophy and teachings are timeless. There is a lesson to be learned in her more than 30 published works and her lessons taught as a professor and lecturer. More important she lived what she preached. She had a strong belief in humanity as a whole, in the human spirit and in the African American community. She fought tirelessly to change extinguish racism, prejudice and discrimination during a time when she herself as a black woman experienced its effects.
Maya Angelou “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible”, said Maya Angelou. Marguerite Johnson, better known as Maya Angelou, was born in St. Louis Missouri on April 4, 1928. She had a broad array of careers, such as a historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, director, performer, and civil rights activist. However, she has gained the most acclamation as a writer, editor, essayist, and poet. Maya Angelou was able to work alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X. Not only did Maya Angelou stand as a spokesperson for African Americans and women, but she also stood for people who wanted to raise the living standards in the United States.
Maya Angelou speaks not only for herself, but a voice of entire nation, gender and race. She uses her gift of writing to inspire people. She has a confident voice that gives off a sense of strength and empowerment. “Out of the huts of history I rise” she rises above the negativity in her life and in her surroundings. The outcome of her success through struggle as an African-American woman proves that it is okay to speak the truth about how they feel no matter who they are because people will listen and they may one day be the voice of a
Maya Angelou had a rough childhood, her parents were divorced and she and her brother were sent to go live with their grandfather on the mom side. She experiences racial at firsthand and she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend, for her being harass her uncle killed her mother boyfriend and the experience of being harass made her