As she explained in she also "worked as a shake dancer in night clubs, fry cook in hamburger joints, dinner cook in a Creole restaurant and once had a job in a mechanic's shop, taking the paint off cars with my hands." Angelou married a white ex-sailor, Tosh Angelos, in 1950.After they separated, Angelou continued her study of dance in New York City, returning to San Francisco to sing in the Purple Onion cabaret and garnering the attention of talent scouts.

One source of Angelou's fame in the early 1990s was President Bill Clinton's invitation to write and read the first inaugural poem.

Americans all across the country watched as she read "On the Pulse of Morning," which begins "A Rock, a River, a Tree" and calls for peace, racial and religious harmony, and social justice for people of different origins, incomes, genders, and sexual orientations. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I have a dream" speech as it urges America to "Give birth again / To the Dream" of equality.

She was offered a position as the northern coordinator for Dr. She worked as a freelance writer and was a feature editor at the When Angelou returned to the United States in the mid-1960s, she was encouraged by author James Baldwin and Robert Loomis, an editor at Random House, to write an autobiography.

Initially, Angelou declined the offers, but eventually changed her mind and wrote is the first of Angelou’s six autobiographies.

Describing her work to George Plimpton, Angelou has said, "Once I got into it I realized I was following a tradition established by Frederick Douglass—the slave narrative—speaking in the first-person singular talking about the first-person plural, always saying I meaning 'we.' And what a responsibility.

The life of this famous female Black African American poet and actress Her involvement in the American Civil Rights Movement Dates relating to her family and education "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" Her successes and awards Date of Birth: Born on April 4, 1928 Place of Birth : Saint Louis, Missouri Parents: Father - Bailey Johnson Mother: Vivian Baxter Johnson Background Facts, Information & Ancestry : Maya was descended from the Mende people of West Africa.

The 24-year-old professes to also have psychic abilities which allow her to tell if a man is lying or telling the truth. She is pretty active online, with more than 2,000 followers on Twitter, 5,000 on Facebook and more than 9,000 on Instagram, where she posts modelling pics as well as snaps of her out and about.

However, after her Catching Kelce win she was forced to disable all the comments on her Instagram after a barrage of abuse and threats from trolls.

Angelou challenged the new administration and all Americans to work together for progress: "Here, on the pulse of this new day, / You may have the grace to look up and out / And into your sister's eyes, and into / Your brother's face, your country /And say simply / Very simply / With hope—Good morning." During the early 1990s, Angelou wrote several books for children, including was published in 2008.

Angelou’s poetry often benefits from her performance of it: Angelou usually recites her poems before spellbound crowds.

She was also an educator and served as the Reynolds professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. Neubauer in Angelou describes how she was first cuddled then raped by her mother's boyfriend when she was just seven years old. Du Bois, and Paul Lawrence Dunbar, as well as canonical works by William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and Edgar Allan Poe. Flowers, an educated black woman, finally got her to speak again. Flowers, as Angelou recalled in her children’s book emphasized the importance of the spoken word, explained the nature of and importance of education, and instilled in her a love of poetry.