Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson was a poet, memoirist, dancer, actor, and civil rights activist.
❝ People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ❞
❤️ She got her nickname, Maya, from her brother.
❤️ When she was 8 years old, Maya Angelou stopped speaking. She silenced her voice because she thought her voice had killed a man. For almost five years, she spoke to no one but her beloved brother, Bailey
❤️ She was fluent in six languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and West African Fanti.
❤️ She pursued a career in dancing before she became a poet.
❤️ Maya Angelou wrote at least 15 novels and 167 poems.
❤️ Maya Angelou published her first autobiography in 1969. Illustrating the early life of the American poet, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. The story demonstrates how Angelou’s passion for literature and strong will helped her cope with trauma and racism. Maya Angelou’s first book made waves as the first bestselling nonfiction work by a black author.
❝ Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. ❞
At the first inauguration of former US President Bill Clinton in 1993, Maya recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning.”
❤️ Maya Angelou also wrote of her experiences with sexual abuse.
❤️ "Mom & Me & Mom" is her final book.
❤️ She passed away on May 28, 2014.