Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was born on April 4th, 1928, and she was a poet, memoirist and an activist in the United States of America. Among what she has done include the publishing of seven autobiographies, essay books, poetry books (Cogeanu, 2014 8). During her lifetime she received dozens of awards and a lot of honorary degrees by a lot; I mean more than fifty. Her series of autobiographies focused on her early childhood and the experiences she went through.

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Maya Angelou went through a difficult childhood because her parents split up when she was very young, and they went to live with the grandfather together with the brother Bailey in Stamps Arkansas, Being African American she experienced firsthand prejudices and discrimination (Marques de Azevedo, 2010 18). Though Ms. Angelou’s formal education did not go past high school, she was an ambitious learner, through her life she learned about six languages (Angelou, 2011 77). As a result, she was an accredited author many autobiographies, poetry books and essays. In the course of her profession, she has been awarded more than 30 honorary doctoral degrees.

Maya Angelou had married Tosh Angelos who was a sailor and an electrician, the mother had disapproved this relationship, and interracial marriages were condemned at the time (Gautam, 2016 32). However, Angelou’s marriage didn’t last long as it ended in 1954 after that she resulted in professional dancing in clubs

She was a compassionate person; she was a close friend of the family of Martin Luther King’s Junior. And when Kings was assassinated in the year 1964 she took it to herself to grieve with the family (Melle, 2014 1038). Thus she stopped celebrating her birthday, and she used to send flowers every birthday to Coretta King until her death in 2006.

Maya Angelou life compared to my life has some similarities and differences, on compassion we are similar while we were brought up in different family set ups, She was brought up in a divorced family while I was not.

 

References

Angelou, M. (2011). Wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now. New York: Random House Publishing Group.

Cogeanu, O. (2014). Maya Angelou: A Trickster’s Tale. Zeitschrift Für Anglistik Und Amerikanistik, 62(4). http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/zaa-2014-0034

Gautam, S. (2016). From Pen to Print: Autobiographical Compositions of Maya Angelou. Motifs : An International Journal Of English Studies, 2(1), 63. http://dx.doi.org/10.5958/2454-1753.2016.00008.8

Marques de Azevedo, M. (2010). TIMELESS PEOPLE IN AFRO-AMERICAN CULTURE: THE FEMALE ANCESTOR IN MAYA ANGELOU AND TONI MORRISON. Revista Letras, 47. http://dx.doi.org/10.5380/rel.v47i0.19025

Melle, S. (2014). A Praise Song for Maya Angelou. Callaloo, 37(5), 1035-1041. http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/cal.2014.0205