Maya Angelou

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou Full Name: Maya Angelou [Marguerite Annie Johnson]
Nationality: American

Profession: Author, Poet and Activist
Why Famous: Revered globally for her poetry and her commitment to civil rights Maya Angelou was best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focused on her childhood.

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. Her books were centred around themes such as racism, identity, family and travel.

As a respected spokesperson for black people and women, her works have been considered a defense of Black culture. She was also active in the Civil Rights movement, and worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.

Born: April 4, 1928
Star Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Died: May 28, 2014 (aged 86)

Married Life

  • 1951-07-03 Author Maya Angelou (23) weds Thomas J. Angelos
  • 1974-01-18 Author Maya Angelou (45) weds Paul Bernard Du Feu

Historical Events in the Life of Maya Angelou

  • 1993-01-20 Maya Angelou is 1st African American and woman to recite a poem at inauguration of a US President - "On the Pulse of Morning" for Bill Clinton
  • 2011-02-15 US President Barack Obama awards writer and activist Maya Angelou the Presidential Medal of Freedom