Maya Angelou:
Words Are
Power
By Kenara Byrd
Biography
• Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson to Bailey Johnson and Vivian
Baxter Johnson on April 4, 1928 in...
Biography Continue.
• After six years of silence, at 13 years-old with the encouragement of her teacher,
an educated black...
Biography Continue
• During 1954 and 1955 Angelou toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and
Bess. She began h...
Biography Continue
• Angelou has received several awards
and nominations to include the Pulitzer
Prize, Tony Awards nomina...
Angelou’s Work
Chronology of autobiographies
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969): Up to
1944 (age 17)
Gather Together i...
Angelou’s Work
Continues
Poems
• “Phenomenal Woman”
• Still I Rise
• “I Know Why The Cage Bird Sings”
• “Just Give Me a Co...
Famous Quotes
• One isn't necessarily born with courage,
but one is born with potential. Without
courage, we cannot practi...
Conclusion
Maya Angelou is a remarkable woman and
incredible writer. She is a poet, actress,
singer, dancer, playwright, p...
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  1. 1. Maya Angelou: Words Are Power By Kenara Byrd
  2. 2. Biography • Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson to Bailey Johnson and Vivian Baxter Johnson on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her parents divorced when she was three and neither wanted to take custody of Maya or her older brother Bailey they were sent to live with her grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. • After four years in Stamps, Maya and Bailey were taken to St. Louis to live with their mother Vivian Baxter. At the age of seven while living with mother she was sexually assaulted by her mother’s boyfriend. She was forced to face her abuser when she testified against him in court, but after the trial was complete the man was brutally attacked and killed by a mob of unknown men. Traumatized by the event, Angelou shutdown and took a vow of silence because she felt that her words were the cause of his death because she spoke the name of her attacker to her brother, Bailey.
  3. 3. Biography Continue. • After six years of silence, at 13 years-old with the encouragement of her teacher, an educated black woman, helped Angelou reclaimed her voice and passion to explore her curiosity and spirit to live through words. • Before graduating, she worked as the first Black female streetcar conductor in San Francisco. Three weeks after graduating from school, at the age of 17, she gave birth to her son, Clyde (who later changed his name to Guy Johnson). • In 1952, she married Anastasios Angeloupulos, a Greek sailor. Despite the fact the marriage didn’t last long she took the professional name Maya Angelou, which was a combination of her a childhood name that her brother Bailey called her and former husband’s last name.
  4. 4. Biography Continue • During 1954 and 1955 Angelou toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess. She began her practice of trying to learn the language of every country she visited, and in a few years she gained proficiency in several languages. In 1957, riding on the popularity of calypso, Angelou recorded her first album, Miss Calypso, which was reissued as a CD in 1996. • By the request of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. she returned to the United States and worked to help in the civil rights movement as a northern coordinator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. • “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” published in 1970 and it chronicled her life up to the age of seventeen, after giving birth to her son, Guy.
  5. 5. Biography Continue • Angelou has received several awards and nominations to include the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Awards nomination, and won three Grammys for her spoken word albums. She has worked on two presidential committees, and was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the Lincoln Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. • She have received over 30 honorary degrees and is currently Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
  6. 6. Angelou’s Work Chronology of autobiographies I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969): Up to 1944 (age 17) Gather Together in My Name (1974): 1944–1948 Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas (1976): 1949–1955 The Heart of a Woman (1981): 1957–1962 All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986): 1962–1965 A Song Flung Up to Heaven (2002): 1965–1968 Mom & Me & Mom (2013): overview
  7. 7. Angelou’s Work Continues Poems • “Phenomenal Woman” • Still I Rise • “I Know Why The Cage Bird Sings” • “Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie” • "On the Pulse of Morning"
  8. 8. Famous Quotes • One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. • One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
  9. 9. Conclusion Maya Angelou is a remarkable woman and incredible writer. She is a poet, actress, singer, dancer, playwright, producer, best seller author, educator, historian, and civil- rights activist, but best known for her autobiographical books. Through her spiritual lyrics and unique words that flow through her readers mind that fascinated their inner spirit to fulfill their potential in life. She is currently 85 years-old and she continues to speak and write for her readers. She is truly a “Phenomenal Woman” indeed.

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