Maya Angelou – Quotes, Poems and Books

Who was Maya Angelou?

Maya Angelou was an American author, actress, screenwriter, dancer, poet, and civil rights activist best known for her 1969 memoir, I know why the caged bird sings, which made literary history as the first nonfiction bestseller written by an African-American woman. Angelou received several honors throughout her career, including two NAACP Image Awards in the category of Outstanding Literary Work (Nonfiction), in 2005 and 2009.

Early life

Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. Angelou had a difficult childhood. Her parents separated when she was very young, and she and her older brother, Bailey, were sent to live with her father’s mother, Anne Henderson, in Stamps, Arkansas.