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Saaran SillahOctober 9th, 2011English Composition 1“MAYA ANGELOU”Dr. Maya Angelou is a remarkable Renaissance woman who is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature. She is known as a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director. Her amazing gifts of poetry lead the African Americans in the civil rights movement to have confidence. Just like the songs that many African Americans would sing to keep the work load less miserable for them. Maya Angelou is truly inspirational because of her poetry that inspired African Americans and African American women during the civil rights movement to have confidence and strength. Maya Angelou was born April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, United States; daughter of Bailey (a doorkeeper and naval dietician) and Vivian (a nurse and realtor; maiden name, Baxter). Her real name was Marguerite, but her brother changed it to Maya. Maya Angelou spent her difficult formative years moving back and forth between her mother’s and grandmother's house. As a young black girl Maya experience the racial discrimination that legally enforced her way of life in the American South, but her adaption of deep religious faith and the traditional African American life, she credited her grandmother and her extended family with instilling in the values that transformed her later life and career. At the age of eight, she was raped by her mother's boyfriend, who was consequently killed by her uncles. Such incident caused the young girl to go mute for nearly six years, and her teens and early twenties were spent as a dancer, filled with isolation and experimentation. Her love for art won her a scholarship to study for dance and drama at San Francisco Labor School,