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Maya Angelou

  1. 1. Maya Angelou By: Sharon Reed
  2. 2. Maya Angelou <ul><li>Born Marguerite Annie Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>On April 4,1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. </li></ul><ul><li>Given the name Maya by her brother, which is “My” and “my sister.” </li></ul><ul><li>Maya`s stage name before changing it was Rita Johnson </li></ul>
  3. 3. Awards <ul><li>Chubb Fellowship Award, Yale University, 1970. </li></ul><ul><li>Pulitzer Prize Nomination, Just Give Me A Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die , 1972. </li></ul><ul><li>Tony Award Nomination, Look Away , 1973.[12] </li></ul><ul><li>Distinguished Visiting Professor, Wichita State University, 1974. </li></ul><ul><li>Member, American Revolution Bicentennial Council (appointed by President Gerald Ford), 1975-1976. </li></ul><ul><li>Rockefeller Foundation Scholarship, 1975 Ladies' Home Journal Award (&quot;Woman of the Year in Communication&quot;), 1976. </li></ul><ul><li>Along with many, many more. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Accomplishments <ul><li>She has been presented with over 50 honorary degrees at different institutions. </li></ul><ul><li>Accepted a special lifetime appointment as a professor of American Studies from Wake Forest University(1981) </li></ul><ul><li>The La Home Journal Woman of the year award in communications. </li></ul>
  5. 5. I Know Why The Caged Birds Sing <ul><li>A caged bird can be interpreted as the black race being held back from freedom by their skin color. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;free bird&quot;~ the white race retaining freedom, aversion toward blacks </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;wind&quot;~ white tradition in history, white race superior to black </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;breeze&quot;~ hope, opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;fat worms&quot;~ opportunity &quot;wings are clipped and his feet are tied&quot;~ what has gone down through tradition, disadvantages of blacks seldom due to their skin color </li></ul>
  6. 6. Phenomenal Woman <ul><li>Uses imagery to give the reader a sense of what the persona looks like. She states: &quot;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: &quot;The curl of my lips. . . / It's in the fire in my eyes. . . / The sun of my smile. . . / The need for my care.&quot; Maya Angelou uses repetition in this poem to stress certain phrases. An example of this is &quot;I'm a woman / Phenomenally. / Phenomenal woman, / That's me.&quot; Angelou also uses repetitiveness in the structure of her poem </li></ul>
  7. 7. Still I Rise <ul><li>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. </li></ul>

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