Maya Angelou

Author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and 20+ Books

Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou, born April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, Marguerite Ann Johnson, was an American poet, memoirist, actress and a leading figure in the American Civil Rights Movement. In 2001, Ladies Home Journal named her one of the 30 most powerful women in America. Maya Angelou is known for her series of six autobiographies, beginning with I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (1969), nominated for a National Book Award and named her magnum opus. Her ... poetry volume, Just Give Me a Cool Water Drink Fore I Die (1971) has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.READ MORE

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When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.

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