February 10, 2010

Dr. Maya Angelou

In honor of Black History month, I'd like to pay homage to my favorite African-American author.

Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the greatest voices of contemporary and classic literature. To say the least, she is a poet, best-selling author, educator, historian, role model, actress, playwright, producer, director, and civil rights activist. Born on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Stamps, Arkansas, she is no stranger to racial discrimination. At the age of 14, she dropped out of school to become San Francisco's first African-American female cable car conductor. She later finished high school and gave birth to her son, Guy Johnson, who is also a writer. Her first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was published in 1970. Her prose, fiction, and non-fiction now includes over 30 best-selling titles.

Any lover of literature and poetry needs The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou and The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou in their personal library. This woman is awesome!

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