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Fabiha BusraProfessor Orsini GonzalezEnglish 102 OACNovember 25, 2017Research Paper on Maya AngelouWhen I get the assignment to research on a writer, I find the opportunity to research on, one of the most versatile women Maya Angelou, who at a time is a poet, an author, a play-write, an actress, a mother, civil-rights activists, historian and most importantly a survivor. She is a womanwho overcomes hardships almost all her life. She has the courage and determination to stay strong. Her words stir people up and create insight to her readers. I choose to research on her, because she is one of the most influential and talented African American writers in our modern day.Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri. Her parents divorced when she was three, and she and her brother went to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. When she was eight, she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. When she revealed what happened, her uncles kicked the culprit to death. Frightened by the power of her own tongue, Angelou chose not to speak for the next five years. From this quietness emerged a young woman who sang, danced, and recorded poetry. After moving to San Francisco with her mother and brother in 1940, Angelou began taking dance lessons, eventually auditioning for professional theater. However, her plans were put on hold when she had a son at age 16. She moved to San Diego, worked as a nightclub waitress, tangled with drugs and prostitution and danced in a strip
club. Ironically, the strip club saved her career: She was discovered there by a theater group (Histoy.com/this day in history).Angelou’s career starts to flourish in the mid of 1950.She lands a role in a touring production of “Porgy and Bess”, later appearing in the off-Broadway production “Calypso Heat Wave” (1957) and releasing her first album, “Miss Calypso” (1957) (Biography.com).Angelou joins the Harlem Writers Guild in the late 1950s and meets James Baldwin and other important writers. During this time that Angelou had the opportunity to hear Dr. Martin Luther King speak.

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