Essay about Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou is one of the most influential and talented African American writers of our modern day. Those who read Angelou‘s works should not pass the thought of where her influence came from. Maya Angelou’s work has been heavily affected by the era in which she began to write. The fifties and sixties were a tumultuous time for most African-Americans in the US. The civil-rights movement, led by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Urban League, Martin Luther King, Jr., and others, was instrumental in securing legislation, notably the Civil-Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Prohibiting discrimination in public accommodations, schools, employment, and voting for
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In 1957, Ku Klux Klansmen accused Alabama grocery-chain truck driver Willie Edwards, 25, of having made remarks to a white woman and forced him at pistol point January 23 to jump to his death from a bridge into the Alabama River. His body was found down river in late April.
In 1959, Atlanta integrated its buses on January 21, but the governor of Georgia asked citizens to continue "voluntary" segregation. In 1963, four black Alabama schoolchildren were killed and nineteen people injured September 15 when a bomb exploded at Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church while 200 were attending Sunday services. The deaths provoked racial riots where police dogs were used to attack civil rights demonstrators. In 1964, an Atlanta restaurateur closed his restaurant rather than submit to federal government orders that he serve blacks as well as whites.
His opposition to integration propelled him into the governorship of Georgia in 1967, and when he was unable to succeed himself, he continued as lieutenant governor.
                               He passed out pickax handles on the street in front of his restaurant to partisans who would strike any blacks who try to enter.
This is the world in which Maya Angelou grew up. She was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri. In the sixties, at

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