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Maya Angelou

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(1928 -)
Inaugural Poet

BORN: Marguerite Johnson, April 4, St. Louis, Missouri.
EDUCATION: Attended public school in Stamps, Arkansas and San Francisco, California.

Maya Angelou is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature and as a remarkable Renaissance woman. Being a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director, Dr. Angelou continues to travel the world making appearances, spreading her legendary wisdom.

A mesmerizing vision of grace, swaying and stirring when she moves, Dr. Angelou captivates her audiences lyrically with vigor, fire and perception. She has the unique ability to shatter the opaque prisms of race and class between reader and subject throughout her books of poetry and her autobiographies.

Dr. Angelou has authored eleven best-selling books including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and her current best-seller Even The Stars Look Lonesome.

In 1981, Dr. Angelou was appointed to a lifetime position as the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.

In January 1993, she became only the second poet in U.S. History to have the honor of writing and reciting original work at the Presidential Inauguration.

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Text from Dr. Maya Angelou, The Official Website, 2001

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