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The life and work of Maya AngelouBy: Alexis Aguayo
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Maya Angelou's childhood•Maya Angelou was born in St. Louis (Missouri, the United States)•Her real name is Marguerite Annie Johnson.•She later received the name Maya Angelou after a debut performance on the purple onion cabernet.•Her parents were, (mother: Vivian Johnson-nurse and realtor and Father: Bailey Johnson-naval dietician.•Her Siblings: a brother named Bailey.
Childhood Background continued.•1931 – after her parents' divorce Maya and her brother are sent to live with their grandmother in Stamps in Arkansas. Stamps is racially divided and Maya experiences being a black girl in the racist society. Despite the odds, her grandmother manages to instill pride and religiousness in Maya.•1936 – the children are sent back to Saint Louis to their mother. There, at the age of 8, Maya is raped by her mother's friend. That tragedy results in Maya becoming mute for nearly five years. She is sent to Stamps again because no-one can handle the grim state Maya is in. In Stamps a woman named Mrs. Flowers comes to young Maya's rescue. Thank to her help she regains pride and confidence she once had. •1940 – Maya and her brother return to their mother but end up bouncing back and forth between their mother and fathers house. •1944 –Maya is determined to prove she is not a girl anymore, but a mature woman. Soon she finds herself pregnant. So, at the age of 16 Maya Angelou delivers her son, Guy.
In Maya’s Lifetime She was known as: •An acclaimed American poet•Storyteller•Activist•Autobiographer•Singer•Dancer•Actress•Composer•Hollywood's first female black director•but she is most famous as a writer, editor, essayist, playwrighter, and poet.