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Maya Angelou Biography, Age, Wiki, Career, Family, Death

Maya Angelou Biography, Age, Wiki, Career, Family, Death

Maya Angelou was an American writer, actress, screenwriter, dancer, poet, and civil rights activist known for her memoirs of 1969. Angelou has received several distinctions throughout her career, including two NAACP awards for paintings in the category Exceptional literary works (non-fiction) in 2005 and 2009.

Early Life

Angelou was born on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri. Angelou had a difficult childhood. Her parents separated when she was very young, and she and her older brother Bailey were sent to live with their father’s mother, Anne Henderson, in Stamps, Arkansas. As an African American, Angelou has experienced racial prejudice and discrimination in Arkansas.

She also suffered at the hands of a family member at the age of 7: when she visited her mother, Angelou was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. To take revenge for the sexual assault, Angelou’s uncles killed the boy.

So traumatized by the experience, Angelou stopped talking. She returned to Arkansas and spent years as a virtual molt.


During World War II, Angelou moved to San Francisco, California. There he obtained a scholarship to study dance and play in a California laboratory. During this period, Angelou also became the first black cable car driver, a short-lived business in San Francisco.

Maya Angelou Career

In the mid-1950s, Angelou’s career as an interpreter began to start. She got a touring role in Porgy and Bess, then appeared in the Broadway heatwave Calypso (1957) and released her first album, Miss Calypso (1957).

Angelou, member of the Harlem Writers Guild and civil rights activist, organized and acted in the music magazine Cabaret for Freedom as a benefit for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, also as the Northern SCLC Coordinator.

In 1961 Angelou appeared in the off-Broadway production of Jean Genet’s Blacks with James Earl Jones, Lou Gossett Jr., and Cicely Tyson. Angelou was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in Look Away (1973) and an Emmy Award for her work in the television mini-series Roots (1977), among other distinctions.

Times Spent In Africa

Angelou spent most of the 1960s abroad, first living in Egypt and then in Ghana, working as a freelance writer and writer. Angelou has also been at the University of Ghana for a while.

In Ghana, she also joined the community of “revolutionary revolutionaries,” who explored pan-Africanism and became close to black human rights activist and nationalist leader Malcolm X. In 1964, upon her return to the United States, Angelou helped Malcolm X to found the Organization of African American Unity, which, after her murder was dissolved the following year.

Achievements and Awards

Angelou’s career has received numerous awards, including the Audience Award for the Chicago International Film Festival in 1998 and the Acapulco Black Film Award 1999 for Down in the Delta. She also won two NAACP Image Awards in the exceptional (non-fantastic) literary category for her 2005 cookbook and her 2008 letter to my daughter.

Son and husbands of Maya Angelou In 1944, Angelou, 16, gave birth to a son, Guy (a brief relationship in high school led to her pregnancy). After giving birth, she held several jobs to support herself and her son. The poet himself, Angelou’s son, is now called Guy Johnson.

In 1952, Angelou married Anastasios Angelopoulos, a Greek sailor, from whom she took her professional name, a mixture of the baby nickname “Maya” and an abridged version of her surname. The couple later divorced. Angelou was probably married at least three times, including in 1973 to a carpenter, Paul du Feu.

Death of Maya Angelou

After suffering from health problems for several years, Angelou died on May 28, 2014, at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Word of her death quickly spread; many people turned to social media to cry and remember Angelo. Singer Mary J. Blige and politician Cory Booker were among those who paid homage to their favorite quotes.

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