Maya Essay

1169 Words Jul 4th, 2015 5 Pages
On April 4, 1928, St. Louis, Missouri in the United States Vivian Johnson and Bailey Johnson welcomed their daughter Maya Angelou. The world was in for a change that day. Marguerite Annie Johnson was her real name. It wasn’t till Maya Angelou's early twenties when she received her name that we would all know today. Maya Angelou was a master of all trades, Maya went on to become an acclaimed American Poet, autobiographer, storyteller, and activist. Maya Angelou was best known as a poet and an award-winning author. In 1931 Maya Angelou and her brother has been sent to live with their grandmother in Stamps in Arkansas. At this time Stamps was a racially divided and Maya had now experienced what being a black girl in this racist society. As …show more content…
“At fifteen life has taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.” (Maya Angelou). As Maya is determined to prove that she is an adult she then soon finds herself pregnant at the age of 16. Maya Angelou gave birth to her son Guy. Maya would provide for her son by working as a waitress and a cook. Maya Angelou’s life was filled with single parenting, racism, overcoming poverty, and seeking higher education. “During World War II, Angelou moved to San Francisco, California, where she won a scholarship to study dance and to act at the California Labor School. Also during this time, Angelou became the first black female cable car conductor—a job she held only briefly, in San Francisco.” (Angelou 2015 The website) Maya goes on to marry Tosh Angelos a Greek sailor. This was when she became an Angelou. Unfortunately the relationship only lasted three years. It wasn’t till mid-1950 when Maya Angelou’s career started to take off. Maya performed at the Purple Onion nightclub in San Francisco. Maya specialized in Calypso songs and dances. In 1957 Maya releases her first album, Miss Calypso. “A member of the Harlem Writers Guild and a civil rights activist, Angelou organized and starred in the musical revueCabaret for Freedom as a benefit for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, also serving as the SCLC's Northern

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