Maya Angelou was an American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.
|Born||Marguerite Annie Johnson
April 4, 1928
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||May 28, 2014 (aged 86)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.
|Occupation||Author, poet, civil rights activist|
Maya Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim.