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Monday, 9 April 2018

April 4, 1928 American Author, Maya Angelou Was Born

Maya Angelo was an American poet, actress, singer, journalist, memoirist, and civil rights activist. Born April 4, 1928; died May 28, 2014. She was a prostitute before becoming a poet, movie director and producer.
She was active in the Civil Rights Movement and worked with Martin Luther King Jr. In 1993, Angelou recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" (1993) at PresidentBill Clinton 's inauguration. Her works are widely used in schools and universities worldwide.

Angelou's grandmother prospered financially during the Great Depression and World War II because the general store she owned sold needed basic commodities and because "she made wise and honest investments".
At the age of eight, while living with her mother, Angelou was sexually abused and raped by her mother's boyfriend, a man named Freeman. She told her brother, who told the rest of their family. Freeman was found guilty but was jailed for only one day. Four days after his release, he was murdered, probably by Angelou's uncles. Angelou became mute (unable to speak due to the incident) for almost five years, believing, as she stated, "I thought, my voice killed him.

Before graduating, she worked as the first black female streetcar conductor in San Francisco. She became an administrator at the University of Ghana in the 60s and was a freelance writer for the Ghanaian Times , wrote and broadcast for Radio Ghana , and worked and performed for Ghana's National Theatre.

In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. asked Angelou to organize a march. He was assassinated on her 40th birthday (April 4).

In 1977, Angelou appeared in a supporting role in the television mini-series Roots. She was given a multitude of awards during this period, including over thirty honorary degrees from colleges and universities from all over the world.

In the late 1970s, Angelou met Oprah Winfrey when Winfrey was a TV anchor in Baltimore, Maryland; Angelou would later become Winfrey's close friend and mentor.
Angelou taught a variety of subjects at the university that reflected her interests, including philosophy, ethics, theology, science, theater, and writing. and despite having no bachelor's degree, accepted the lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she was one of only a few full-time professors.

Her 1969 autobiography , I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing , was rated as the best non-fiction literary book by an African American and remained on the on The New York Times bestseller for a period of two years . She also She featured in a rap song by Common , The Dreamer .

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FACEBOOK COMMENTS

Yemisi Frank

great woman

Johnson Ahile

She was supposed to be 90 years today

Endy Edeson

Ahile : yeah, today is her posthumous birthday

Rotkang Tanimu Gontur

A wonder woman. What an achiever.
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Endy Edeson

Gontur, sure she is. Her biography is quite interesting. She existed almost everywhere around the world
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Oluwatoyin Obanla

Thank you Endy. Posterity will judge you right for your impartation of positivity
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Endy Edeson

Thanks Obanla for reading. You are my hero
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Yaw Kusi Ofosu Evans

She did well... I really like her person.
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Talabi Olajumoke

A great woman with the greatest legacy
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Endy Edeson

@Evans; Ghana must be a very habitable and good place to live for a woman like Angelou to have spent some of her lifetime there. I know you are you a Ghanaian, how does it make you feel. What makes Ghana thick for you. @Olajumoke; You can say that again

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