Prolific American author Maya Angelou was born as Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4th, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri. Angelou attended the California Labor School in San Francisco and studied dance and drama.
Maya Angelou is best known by the first of her seven autobiographies, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, and for the Pulitzer Prize-nominated poetry collection “Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie”. Autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” made literary history as the first nonfiction bestseller of an African-American woman. In 1993, she recited her famous poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration.
During her lifetime, she published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry.
With over 50 honorary degrees, Maya Angelou became a celebrated poet, author, playwright, civil rights activist, speaker, actress and filmmaker. The world will remember her as one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time.