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Maya Angelou

Subject: Literature

1928– ) Black US writer, whose status as a national icon was confirmed by her reading one of her poems, ‘On the Pulse of the Morning’, at President Clinton's inauguration in ...

Angelou, Maya

Angelou, Maya (1928–2014)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Social sciences, Sociology, Politics
Length:
118 words

...Angelou, Maya ( 1928–2014 ) American writer , autobiographer , and civil rights activist . Best known for her seven-volume series of memoirs of which the first one entitled I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ( 1969 ), brought her international acclaim. In it she details her early life, the sexual abuse she experienced at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend, his subsequent murder, and her resultant muteness. A survivor of many personal and political battles and traumas, her poem ‘And Still I Rise’ ( 1978 ) encapsulated Angelou’s indomitable spirit. Her...

African Americans

African Americans   Reference library

Joe W. Trotter Jr.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013

...the track-and-field athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee; the film actors Eddie Murphy and Denzel Washington ; the jazz musicians Joshua Redman, Herbie Hancock, and Wynton and Bradford Marsalis; the television celebrity Oprah Winfrey; and an array of novelists and writers including Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison enriched American life and gave voice to the black experience. By the 1990 s the nation’s more than 30 million African Americans, representing about 12 percent of the total population, had transformed themselves from a predominantly rural...

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