The Achievements Of Maya Angelou's Black History Month

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40 years ago, American government went from celebrating influential African Americans for only a week to a full month. This became the start of Black History Month. In the month of February, Americans celebrate and remember black heroes around the United States. They commemorate the efforts and accomplishments that were made to alleviate discrimination towards African Americans in order for us to have a chance at becoming successful and living the “American Dream” in peace. Though Americans still exemplify discrimination today, vicious crimes are not as detrimental as they used to be. As time has moved forward more focused on technology, Black History Month has slipped many Americans and they have forgotten the importance of February. Not …show more content…
While visiting her mother, her mother 's boyfriend sexually assaulted her, taking advantage of her innocence and grasping the little life she had lived into his hands. After being released from jail, her uncles decided to murder him. As a result, Angelou felt as if she was the cause of his death and because of this, she became silent and stopped communicating with the world for several years. As soon as she became old enough, she decided to get away from everything that made her remember that moment. Maya Angelou moved to San Francisco, California. Here she won a scholarship to study dance and acting at the California Labor School. While in school, she began to make impossibilities reality. She dropped out of school at the age 14 to become the first car conductor for African American women. Doing this meant she did not believe in the cruel acts black people faced, and was already showing of becoming something bigger than herself. After a few years later of driving as a conductor, she decided to go back and complete school and later became pregnant at the age of sixteen. In 1944, she gave birth to her beautiful son, Guy, and had to work numerous jobs after she graduated high school just to be able to provide for her child and herself. Eight years later, she married Anastasios Angelopulos, a Greek sailor she established her last name …show more content…
As a young adult, she moved to Egypt and Ghana for a while to write - freely. Not only did she put her thoughts onto paper, but she was effortlessly magnificent at it. While she was in Ghana, she met one of the most historical African American activists, Malcolm X, and decided to come back to America to accommodate him build his organization to being to reform the lives of other African Americans. Sadly, not much time went by when he was assassinated after her return. Because of this, she was not able to support his committee out fully. Eventually, time went by, and during her visit to America, she was convinced by friends and family to write about her adolescent life, including the trials and tribulations she faced. Having to relive every horrendous second of that day would not be an easy episode to replay. She finally gained the strength to write about her life not recognizing how influential, inspiring and emotionally aware it would make her. Around the world, women who have to deal with this kind of situation daily were now able to connect with someone regarding it, whether if they knew her or not. Her most famous poem, I know why the caged bird sings, not only made history, but the way she writes touching on her experiences makes the reader feel the pain and agony she feels as if they were standing right beside her when the onerous times

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