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Maya Angelou's Great Influence and Success Essay

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The inspiring African-American woman born in 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri has been one of the many influential voices of our time. Educating herself and having love for the arts helped mold her life into what she imagined becoming a poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and even a civil rights activist. During her early years while still in High School Dr. Angelou experienced brutal racial discrimination directing her to the values of traditional African-Americans. In High School Dr. Angelou received a scholarship for a labor school in San Francisco but eventually dropping out. During the years of 1954 and 1955 Dr. Angelou toured Europe with a production named Porgey and Bess these would…show more content…
Angelou went back into writing working on book named I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings which was published in 1970 as well as for many other books that she published becoming bestsellers. Writing many screenplays and composing Dr. Angelou scored for the film in 1972 Georgia, Georgia, her script was the first ever African American women ever to be filmed and got nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Continuing to appear on television and in films being featured in the Alex Haley’s Roots and John Singleton’s Poetic Justice later directing a film Down-in the Delta. In 2008 Dr. Angelou composed poetry and narrated an award winning documentary of The Black Candle which was directed by M.K. Asante. Dr. Angelou served in the presidential committees having been awarded the Presidential medal of arts in 2000 as well as the Lincoln medal in 2008 and has received 3 Grammy awards. Dr. Angelou read her poem of on the pulse of the morning which was broadcasted around the world. Dr. Angelou’s honorary skills have leaded her to earn more than 50 honorary degrees. After the devastating occurrence of Martin Luther King Jr’s death Dr. Angelou did not celebrate her birthday afterwards but sent flowers to King’s widow named Coretta Scott King for more than 30 years until Coretta died in 2006. Maya Angelou is the first black woman to write and produce several prize-winning documentaries such as Afro-American in the arts which was a PBS special later receiving a Golden
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