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  1. 1. Maya Angelou “The Woman and The Writings” By: La Teasha Dyer
  2. 2. Who is Maya Angelou?  Born Marguerite Ann Johnson, April 4, 1928.  Poet  Autobiographer  Activist  Writer
  3. 3. “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings”  Her Inspiration  Her life story growing up as a child.  This story tells us who Maya Angelou is in her own words-the autobiography.
  4. 4. What’s The Story?  “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings”, tells mostly the story of Maya Angelou being raped by her mother’s boyfriend causing her to be mute for almost five years.  This book also tells of her and her brother moving and the divorce of their parents.
  5. 5. The Controversy  Although “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” won Maya Angelou many awards it was still banned in most schools because of its bold and daring stories.
  6. 6. The Poet  Maya Angelou is most known for her poem “Phenomenal Woman” and “And Still I Rise”
  7. 7. What It Means “And Still I Rise”  This poem encourages not “You may shoot me with only women, but all people your words, to keep their heads high You may cut me with  These lines mean that your eyes, no matter what You may kill me with your hatefulness, anyone does or says But still, like air, I'll they cannot bring rise…” Maya’s spirit down and she will always be happy and move upward in life.
  8. 8. “Phenomenal Woman”
  9. 9. The Meaning of it All  “Pretty women wonder where my  “Phenomenal Woman” is a poem secret lies. written by Maya Angelou that I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion encourages woman. model's size  These line iterate the words of a But when I start to tell them, young lady who finds herself to be They think I'm telling lies. phenomenal even though her body I say, isn’t what society thinks her body It's in the reach of my arms should be. The span of my hips,  It also tells of how this The stride of my step, women makes even the The curl of my lips. prettiest of woman jealous I'm a woman because they don’t Phenomenally. understand where she gets Phenomenal woman, her beauty from. That's me…”
  10. 10. Conclusion  Among many other things Maya Angelou is a poet and an autobiographer whose words bring true meaning and wisdom to all it’s readers and listeners around the world. Her expression of true beauty, perseverance, pain, and joy is what makes Maya Angelou truly unique to her own rights.
  11. 11. Maya’s Quotes  “A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”  “The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry.”
  12. 12. Works Cited Angelou, Maya. ”The Poetry of.”web.18July2009.<http://www.empirezine.com/s potlight/maya/maya-p1.htm>. Galiano, Amanda. “Extraordinary Human Being.”web.18July2009.<http://littlerock.about.com/ cs/musicbooks/a/mayaangelou.htm>. Johnson Lewis, Jone. “Maya Angelou Quotes.”web.18July2009.<http://womenshistory.abo ut.com/cs/quotes/a/qu_maya_angelou.htm>.