The Earliest Years Of Maya Angelou Essay

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The earliest years of Maya Angelou was dark and silent. She was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her mother Vivian Johnson was a nurse and realtor while her father Bailey Johnson was a naval dietician. Her birth name was Marguerite Annie Johnson and it was in her early twenties that she adopted her famous stage name Maya Angelou. Her early childhood was spent being raised by her paternal grandmother Annie Henderson after her parent’s divorce. She lived behind a grocery store that sold to both blacks and whites with her bother Bailey Johnson Jr. and her crippled uncle Willie. Her grandmother rooted Maya’s livelihood based on Christian principals, love, and respect while demonstrating independence and courage. During a period of racial discrimination and brutality Annie Anderson encouraged Maya to believe in a higher power and trust in hard work and family commitment. Her grandmother taught her to be independent and courageous, while her uncle provided her gentle beliefs instilling compassion and kindness. Her brother was considered the safety net in her childhood and later her early adulthood. A hiccup in her solitude of childhood came four years later when her father reunited her and Bailey with their mother in St. Louis at the age of eight years. Angelou experienced many hardships living with her mother in Missouri. She was sexual abused and raped by her mother’s boyfriend. Telling her brother gave Angelou short lived justice because he was released from…

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