Dr. Maya Angelou was an American author and poet. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. I grew reading her books and quoting her in many of my writing and just recently used several of her quotes in my book Letters to Our Sons. She has inspired me with her quotes to keep pushing toward what I know I have been called to do. I want to leave my footprint in my sphere of influence with the same determination Dr. Mayo put into every thing she touched. She has impacted people around the world to live a better life by just sharing powerful words. She has truly inspired me to LIVE MY BEST LIFE
Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option. MAYA ANGELOU
You ask What Did She Do? Well, Angelou was born Marguerite Ann Johnson in St. Louis, Mo. Angelou attended high school in San Francisco, and studied dance and drama. At the age of 14, she dropped out of school and became the city's first African-American, female street car conductor. She later graduated and gave birth to her son, Guy.
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Maya Angelou
In 1954 and 1955, Angelou toured Europe with the opera production Porgy and Bess. In 1960, Angelou moved to Cairo, Egypt, to become the editor of an English-language weekly newspaper. The following year, she moved to Ghana and taught at the University of Ghana's School of Music and Drama. Angelou read and studied voraciously, mastering several languages, including French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and the West African language Fanti.
Honors and AwardsIn 2000, Angelou received the Presidential Medal of Arts and, in 2008, the Lincoln Medal. In 2010, President Obama awarded Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Angelou has also won three Grammy Awards for her spoken-word albums.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
We have to make sure generations to come hear and read about the legacy and great work of Dr Maya Angelou. We all have a part to play in making sure it happens.