Maya Angelou was born April 4, 1928. Her real name is Marguerite Johnson, but she later changed it to Maya. She was born in St. Louis, shortly after her birth her family up and move toArkansaw. Maya grew up there in the rural parts of Arkansas, and later married to a South African Freedom Fighter.
She lived in Cairo with him, there she began her career as editor of the Arab Observer. At the request of Dr. Martin Lutheran King Jr. , she became the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1975. Maya is presently on the board of American Film Institute, and is one of the few female members of the board of the Directors Guide. (Source card #5) Besides being a writer she is also an actress, historian, and playwright.
She speaks French, Spanish, Italian, and West African Fanti. Maya had a career in drama and dance. She had ten best-selling books published and was in a number of magazine articles. Maya was among the first African-American women to hit the best sellers list with ‘I know why the caged bird sings.’ (Source card #2) Maya Angelou is a poet, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil rights, activist, producer and director.
Maya published ten best-selling books. Maya Angelou is more than just another famous woman, she is a role model and inspiration to the world. Her simple motto, ‘I am human and nothing human can be alien to me’ is a statement related to love. This simple sentence touched many a people. Love each other, that is what Player pg. 2 her life is about.
A Lifetime of Influence Marguerite Johnson had a harsh childhood growing up in the South during the days of cotton picking and slavery. All of the adversity she encountered when she was young inspired her to write the book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In it, she depicts what life was like growing up in the small town of Stamps, Arkansas, and illustrates the daily hardships that were roadblocks ...
‘The honorary duty of a human being is to love, and love I will,’ Maya Angelou said, quoting from her work. (Source card #3) Maya Angelou gave hope to the hopeless and inspiration to the world. Through her poems and stories she has made us realize the role we play, or rather need to start playing. She made a lot of people get up off there butts and do something about the decaying world which lies around us. Maya Angelou has given me alone, hope that I can make a difference in our slowly dying world. Her poems speak about the turmoil our world is in.
She encourages us to love, love, and love. (Source card #4) In her poem ‘Human Family’, Angelou says, ‘We are morea like, my friends, then we are unlike.’ Maya’s poems, which include ‘Equality’ and ‘These yet to be United States’, show the pain of humanity and the ignorance of the world. My favorite poem ‘Phenomenal Woman’s hows what it’s like to be a woman now a days. ‘I think the most impressive thing about Maya Angelou’s poetry is that it is purely honest.
It is able to be graceful and elegant while at the same time, its poignant and true’, states Trisha Ireland a staff writer. I must declare I believe and agree one hundred percent with Ms. Ireland. (Source card #3) Maya believes God is the center of the universe, she believes this not only with her mind but with her heart and soul. It shows too, by her actions and words, and the way she carry ” sher self. God’s role for us is to love, love, and love, and Maya Player pg.
3 Angelou accomplished this task with flying colors. I think we ” dall be better people if we acted a little more like Maya. (Source card #2) Works Cited 1. Angelou, Maya.
Understanding Literature 2 ed SignatureeditionGlencoe McGraw-Hills California, Woodland Hills 19912. web Trisha. Critic on Phenomenal Woman http: //207. 77. 90. 19/w guide / tools /pg view.
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