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Maya Angelou BiographyUploaded by cevster on Dec 29, 2004Maya AngelouMaya Angelou, born April 4, 1928 as Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, was raisedin segregated rural Arkansas. She is a poet, historian, author, actress,playwright, civil-rights activist, and director. She has been working at WakeForest University in north Carolina since 1981.She has published ten bestselling books and numerous magazine articles earning her Pulitzer Prize andNational Book Award nomination. At the request of President Clinton, she wroteand delivered a poem at his 1993 presidential inauguration. Whole her life, MayaAngelou has been trying to make something special in the poetry, history and inthe film industry of the Africa-American women.Dr, Angelou, who speaks French, Spanish, Italian and West African Fanti, beganher career in drama and dance. In 1940 she and her brother moved to SanFrancisco to be with their mother, who had remarried. She gave birth to her sonClyde Johnson, just a few month after graduating a high school in 1945.At 22,she married Tosho Angelos, a former sailor of Greek descent, but she left hermarriage two and half years later and set out to become a professional dancer.