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Deborah I. MartinezMarch 21, 2019Period 5BThe Extraordinary Life of Maya AngelouMaya Angelou was born as Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4th, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri. Maya Angelou became one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. She was an American poet, memoirist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and a civil rights activist. She is best known for her several autobiographies/memoirs such as, Mom & Me & Mom, Letter to My Daughter, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes, and her most popular, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She is also best known for being the first African American woman to be a street car conductor, became the first African American woman to write a nonfiction best seller, the first African American female director in Hollywood, and the first female poet to participate in a recitation for a U.S. president's inauguration. Maya Angelou died on May 28, 2014, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at age eighty six but her legacy still lives on more than ever.