Maya Angelou

About Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou, born on April 4th, 1928, was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist, best known for her series of seven autobiographies. Through her work, she collaborated with Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X during the Civil Rights Movement. In 1993, she recited her Poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration. She died on May 28th, 2014 at the age 86.

50+ honorary degrees

6 languages mastered

50+ year career

5.6 million Facebook likes

1st female, African-American director and producer for 20th Century Fox

Her extensive career included public speaking, acting, directing, authoring poetry, writing screenplays for film and television, and teaching. Early on she was a nightclub performer, a fry cook, and even a sex worker. Maybe the most surprising achievement is that she wrote seven different autobiographies!  Through it all she has been an inspiration to many.

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

 "Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better." 

"All my work, my life, everything I do is about survival, not just bare, awful, plodding survival, but survival with grace and faith. While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated."

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