Essay on Maya Angelou's Life

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Maya Angelou's life growing up was not always perfect. Given the birth name of Marguerite Ann Johnson, Maya Angelou was borin in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4th, 1928. Although she was born there, she spent most of her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas with her Grandmother, Annie Henderson and in San Fransico, California with her mother. Maya Angelou is still living today and teaches at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Maya had to deal with many hard things growing up and although it wasn't perfect, she's lead a very eventful life. Maya never had a very functional family. Her mother, Vivian Baxter, was a nurse and realtor and her father Bailey Johnson was a navy dietician. When Maya was just 3 years old her parents …show more content…
Martin had such a huge impact on her life that Maya was inspired to deal with her grief by writing her first autobiography. Since she was involved with politics, Maya also became friends with social activist and author John Killens. Maya's early life was pretty traumatic. While visiting her mother in San Francisco when she was 7, Maya was sexually abused by her mothers current boyfriend. Mr. Freeman. Maya was very upset so she told her brother who in turn told the rest of their family. Mr. Freeman was found guilty but was sentenced to only one day in jail. Four days after he was released he was found kicked to death. It was her uncle who had killed her attacker. After this, Maya went mute. She believed that as she states it, "I thought, my voice killed him; I killed that man, because I told his name. And then I thought I would never speak again, because my voice would kill anyone..." Maya returned to Stamps, Arkansas shortly after the incident and for 5 years didn't speak to anyone. It was a teacher, Mrs. Bertha Flowers who finally got her to talk again by introducing her to many famous authors and showing Maya the importance of words. When she was 13, Maya and Bailey returned to San Francisco to live with their mother. She attended George Washington High School and studied drama and dance at the California Labor School through a scholarship. 3 weeks after graduating high school, a then 17

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