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Maya Angelou
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 to
Arkansaw. Maya grew up there in the rural parts of Arkansaw, 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
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her life is about. “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 more
alike, 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” shows 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’s
her self. God’s role for us is to love, love, and love, and Maya
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Angelou accomplished this task with flying colors. I think we’d
all be better people if we acted a little more like Maya.
(Source card #2)

Works Cited
Angelou, Maya. Understanding Literature 2ed Signature
Glencoe McGraw-Hills California, Woodland Hills 1991
Ireland, Trisha. Critic on Phenomenal Woman
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Schafer, Nancy. Maya Angelou
/spotlight/published/april/maya1.htm April 98