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She was a poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, dancer, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist.
In the mid-fifties, Angelou toured Europe with a production of the opera "Porgy and Bess." She studied modern dance with Martha Graham, danced with Alvin Ailey on television variety shows and, in 1957, recorded her first album, "Calypso Lady." In 1958, she moved to New York, where she joined the Harlem Writers Guild, acted in the historic Off-Broadway production of Jean Genet's The Blacks and wrote and performed "Cabaret for Freedom." Inspired by James Baldwin to write her story, Angelou published her first book, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" (1970) to international acclaim and enormous popular success.
Her real name is Marguerite Johnson, but she later changed it to Maya. Louis, shortly after her birth her family up and move to Arkansaw.
Maya grew up there in the rural parts of Arkansaw, and later married to a South African Freedom Fighter.
Civil war had destroyed both social stability and the economy.
Also, few people had enough political experience to bind Mexico together.
There is also personal and professional correspondence with James Baldwin, Dudley Randall, Hoyt Fuller, Chester Himes, Mari Evans, Rosa Guy, and Malcolm X, Gordon Parks, jazz singer Abby Lincoln, Sarah Wright, Frank Marshall Davis, and her editors among others.
Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was one of the most renowned and celebrated voices in American literature.