Maya Angelou is dead at 86. In her first book ‘I know why the caged bird sings’ written in 1969 and was nominated for the National Book Award. The book is about her growing up at a young age during the 1930s. She was a gifted and intelligent young insecure black girl, in Stamps Arkansas. Growing up in Stamps, she witnessed and experienced southern racism firsthand.
Inspite of the events that helped to shape her life and career, Maya Angelou was a renown icon. She was a poet, author, songwriter, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, playwright, singer, performer, and civil rights activist. She was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4, 1928. She grew up in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas.
Maya Angelou was a woman of all seasons and set the bar high for all women. Everyone has a story to tell. Maya Angelou was a master of telling her story through her poetry and spoken words. She made several visits to Atlanta for engagements. Maya Angelou celebrated her 80th birthday in Atlanta with family and celebrity friends. She was no stranger to the city in the forest.
She lived a life on center stage for millions of admirers. Maya Angelou was a phenomenal global ambassador for literary work. Her work will live on in the hearts and minds of many for years to come.
Maya Angelou, April 4, 1928 to May 28, 2014.
‘I'm a woman Phenomenally.' -Maya Angelou