Courtesy of Biography

269: Maya Angelou

Poet, Memoirist, Actress

Born: 4 April 1928, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Died: 28 May 2014, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

Original Name: Marguerite Annie Johnson

Before her eighth birthday she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend—and the man was actually murdered soon afterward—the whole experience leaving her practically mute for a few years.

Maya lived in both Egypt and Ghana for a time.

After returning to the US she became one of the first African American women to have a screenplay she wrote turned into a Hollywood movie.

Maya appeared in multiple television, film, and theatre roles including the tv miniseries Roots.

Maya received a Tony nomination for a play that only ran on Broadway for one night.

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

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Find a Grave Marked

Located In My Personal Library:

Where Are They Buried? How Did They Die? by Tod Benoit

The Book of Awesome Women: Boundary Breakers, Freedom Fighters, Sheroes, and Female Firsts by Becca Anderson

Whose Who in American History: Leaders, Visionaries, and Icons who Shaped Our Nation by John M Thompson, William R Gray, and KM Kostyal