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Who is Maya Angelou?

Maya Angelou was an American author, actress, screenwriter, dancer, poet and civil rights activist best known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made literary history as the first nonfiction bestseller by an African American woman. Angelou received several honors throughout her career, including two NAACP Image Awards in the outstanding literary work (nonfiction) category, in 2005 and 2009. [She] spent much of the 1960s abroad. In Ghana, she also joined a community of "Revolutionist Returnees” exploring pan-Africanism and became close with human rights activist and black nationalist leader Malcolm X.

“I am a feminist. I have been a female for a long time now. It'd be stupid to not be on my own side."


Maya Angelou. Photo by Deborah Feingold/Corbis via Getty Images

Source: Excerpts from Biography

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