Given the name Maya by her brother, which is “My” and “my sister.”
Maya`s stage name before changing it was Rita Johnson
Chubb Fellowship Award, Yale University, 1970.
Pulitzer Prize Nomination, Just Give Me A Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die , 1972.
Tony Award Nomination, Look Away , 1973.
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Wichita State University, 1974.
Member, American Revolution Bicentennial Council (appointed by President Gerald Ford), 1975-1976.
Rockefeller Foundation Scholarship, 1975 Ladies' Home Journal Award ("Woman of the Year in Communication"), 1976.
Along with many, many more.
She has been presented with over 50 honorary degrees at different institutions.
Accepted a special lifetime appointment as a professor of American Studies from Wake Forest University(1981)
The La Home Journal Woman of the year award in communications.
I Know Why The Caged Birds Sing
A caged bird can be interpreted as the black race being held back from freedom by their skin color.
"free bird"~ the white race retaining freedom, aversion toward blacks
"wind"~ white tradition in history, white race superior to black
"breeze"~ hope, opportunity
"fat worms"~ opportunity "wings are clipped and his feet are tied"~ what has gone down through tradition, disadvantages of blacks seldom due to their skin color
Uses imagery to give the reader a sense of what the persona looks like. She states: "I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size. She then lists characteristics to help further the reader's sense of the persona: "The curl of my lips. . . / It's in the fire in my eyes. . . / The sun of my smile. . . / The need for my care." Maya Angelou uses repetition in this poem to stress certain phrases. An example of this is "I'm a woman / Phenomenally. / Phenomenal woman, / That's me." Angelou also uses repetitiveness in the structure of her poem
Still I Rise
T elling the African American woman along with all other women in the world to be strong and of good courage. From the poems “Still I Rise” to “Phenomenal Woman” it’s about being proud of who you are as a woman inside and out. The confidence, strength, and devotion of a African American woman.