Maya Angelou (1928 )

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Maya Angelou (1928 )

  1. 1. Maya Angelou (1928- )
  2. 2. Early life <ul><li>Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri. </li></ul><ul><li>Arkansas- racial discrimination. </li></ul><ul><li>Maya absorbed the deep religious faith and old-fashioned courtesy of traditional African America. </li></ul><ul><li>Values that informed her later life and career. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Arkansas <ul><li>Mrs. Bertha Flowers, a teacher and friend introduced Maya to classical literature: </li></ul><ul><li>Charles Dickens </li></ul><ul><li>William Shakespeare </li></ul><ul><li>Edgar Allan Poe , </li></ul><ul><li>Douglas Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>James Weldon Johnson , </li></ul><ul><li>black female artists: Frances Harper </li></ul><ul><li>Anne Spencer </li></ul><ul><li>Jessie Fauset </li></ul>
  4. 4. Returning to California <ul><li>Attended the George Washington High School </li></ul><ul><li>Studied dance and drama </li></ul><ul><li>Before graduating, she worked as the first black female streetcar conductor in San Francisco. Three weeks after completing school, she gave birth to her son, Clyde known as &quot;Guy Johnson&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Several jobs </li></ul>
  5. 5. Adulthood and early career <ul><li>1952- Tosh Angelos </li></ul><ul><li>She toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess in 1954–1955, studied modern dance with Martha Graham . </li></ul>
  6. 6. The 60s <ul><li>She was inspired to join the Civil Rights movement . King´s speech “ I have a dream” </li></ul><ul><li>Egypt- she became an associate editor at the weekly newspaper The Arab Observer . </li></ul><ul><li>Ghana- </li></ul><ul><li>assistant administrator and instructor at the University of Ghana's School of Music and Drama </li></ul><ul><li>editor for The African Review </li></ul><ul><li>acted and wrote plays. </li></ul><ul><li>learned French, Spanish, and Fante </li></ul><ul><li>Malcolm X -Organization of African American Unity </li></ul>
  7. 7. Later career <ul><li>1973- She composed </li></ul><ul><li>music for movies </li></ul><ul><li>wrote articles </li></ul><ul><li>short stories </li></ul><ul><li>poetry for several magazines </li></ul><ul><li>continued to write autobiographies </li></ul><ul><li>produced plays </li></ul><ul><li>lectured at universities throughout the country </li></ul><ul><li>She appeared in a supporting role in the television mini-series Roots in 1977 </li></ul><ul><li>wrote for television, </li></ul><ul><li>composed songs for Roberta Flack </li></ul><ul><li>Her screenplay, Georgia, Georgia , was the first original script by a black woman to be produced </li></ul>
  8. 8. Honors and awards <ul><li>National Book Award nomination for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings . </li></ul><ul><li>Pulitzer Prize nomination for her book of poetry, Just Give Me A Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie. </li></ul><ul><li>Tony Award nomination for her role in the 1973 play Look Away . </li></ul><ul><li>Three Grammys for her spoken word album. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Bantam Books , recognized her for having the longest-running record (two years) on The New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller List. </li></ul><ul><li>Maya was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000 and the Lincoln Medal in 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>Musician Ben Harper has honored Angelou with his song &quot;I'll Rise”. </li></ul><ul><li>She has been awarded over thirty honorary degrees. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Gather Together in My Name , recounts her life from age 17 to 19 (1945) </li></ul><ul><li>Third autobiography, Singin ' and Swingin ' and Gettin ' Merry Like Christmas (1952) covers dancing and singing career. </li></ul><ul><li>Angelou's first book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings , recounts the first 17 years of her life (1969). International recognition. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Sources <ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_Angelou </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/ang0bio-1 </li></ul>

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