Maya Angelou : An Amazing Woman

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Maya Angelou
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”(Angelou 1). Maya Angelou was an amazing woman. Although she had a difficult childhood, she grew up to be and outstanding woman. She was the first Black woman to do many things, including the first black woman director in Hollywood.
Angelou was born in “St. Louis, Missouri, on April 4, 1928” (Angelou 1). Her given name was “Marguerite Annie Johnson” (Biography.com Editors 1). However, her parents split up when she was very young, she and her brother were sent to live with their grandmother in Arkansas. When Angelou was 7, she was sexually harassed by her mother’s boyfriend while visiting her mother in St. Louis. “So traumatized by the experience, Angelou stopped talking. She returned to Arkansas and spent years as a virtual mute.” (Biography.com Editors 1). She was silent for 5 years.
During World War 2, Angelou moved to San Francisco, and received a scholarship to the California Labor School for dance and acting. “But when she was 14 years old she dropped out of school to become San Francisco’s first African-American female cable car conductor.” (Yandoli,Carissimo 1). At the age of 16, in 1944, Angelou gave birth to a son named Guy. Guy was a result of a short-lived high school relationship. Angelou was married a number of times, but “she never clarified how many times she was married after that because she feared “appearing…
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