Maya Angelou Timeline

Maya Angelou Timeline ( 1928 - )
The life of this famous female Black African American poet and actress
Her involvement in the American Civil Rights Movement
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Maya Angelou is famous as the Black African American poet, actress and an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement.

   Short Biography of Maya Angelou
Date of Birth: Born on April 4, 1928
Place of Birth : Saint Louis, Missouri
Parents: Father - Bailey Johnson
             Mother: Vivian Baxter Johnson
Background Facts, Information & Ancestry : Maya was descended from the Mende people of West Africa. Her brother, Bailey Jr., gave her the nickname "Maya".
 
     
  1928April 4, 1928 - Her timeline begins when Maya was born as Marguerite Ann Johnson in Saint Louis, Missouri. Her parents were Bailey and Vivian Baxter Johnson 
     
  1931Her parents marriage ended and Maya and her brother were sent to live with her father's mother, Mrs. Annie Henderson, in Stamps, Arkansas 
     
  1935The children were returned to the care of their mother in St. Louis 
     
  1937Maya was sexually abused and raped by her mother's boyfriend, Mr. Freeman. The shock made Maya mute and the children were sent back to live with their grandmother once again 
     
  1941Maya and her brother returned to live with her mother in San Francisco where she attended George Washington High School and studied dance and drama on a scholarship at the California Labor School 
     
  1942Teacher Bertha Flowers helped Maya to talk again and encouraged her interest in literature 
     
  1942She dropped out of school in her teens to become San Francisco's first African American female cable car conductor 
     
  1943Maya returned to high school, but became pregnant and graduated a few weeks before giving birth to her son, Guy. She left home to bring up her son as a single mother working as a waitress and cook 
     
  1952She married a Greek sailor named Tosh Angelos but the marriage quickly failed 
     
  1952She began her career as a nightclub singer and during this time took the name Maya Angelou 
     
  1954/5Toured in a production of Porgy and Bess 
     
  1957Recorded the album called Calypso Lady 
     
  1958Developed her skills in writing poetry and moved to New York, where she joined the Harlem Writers Guild 
     
  1959Became involved with Civil Rights Activists 
     
  1959At the request of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou became the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. 
     
  1960She met the South African civil rights activist Vusumzi Make and in 1960, the couple and Guy moved, to Cairo, Egypt. In Cairo, Maya Angelou worked as editor of the English language weekly The Arab Observer. She later moved to Ghana 
     
  1964Returned to America hoping to help Malcolm X build his new Organization of African American Unity 
     
  1968Malcolm X is assassinated and Maya began working on her Autobiographical book 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' 
     
  1970I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is published 
     
  1973Maya Angelou married Paul du Feu and moved with him and her son to Sonoma, California. She then worked on her writing and acting 
     
  1974Published Gather Together in My Name 
     
  1976Published Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas 
     
  1981She divorced Paul du Feu 
     
  1981Published The Heart of a Woman 
     
  1984Met Oprah Winfrey and became her friend and mentor 
     
  1993Maya Angelou reads her poem On the Pulse of Morning at inauguration of President Bill Clinton 
     
  1997Published All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes 
     
  2002Published A Song Flung Up to Heaven 
     
  1970Receives the Chubb Fellowship Award, Yale University 
     
  1972Receives the Pulitzer Prize Nomination for Just Give Me A Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die 
     
  1976Receives the Ladies' Home Journal Award ("Woman of the Year in Communication") 
     
  1977Receives the Golden Eagle Award, Afro-American in the Arts 
     
  1986Receives Fulbright Program 40th Anniversary Distinguished Lecturer award 
     
  1991Receives Langston Hughes Medal 
     
  1993Grammy for "Best Spoken Word Album," "On The Pulse of Morning," 
     
  1996Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Association National Award 
     
  2006Receives Mother Teresa Award 
     
  2006Maya Angelou became a radio talk show host for the first time hosting a weekly show for XM Satellite Radio's Oprah & Friends channel 
     
  2008Becomes the first recipient of Hope for Peace and Justice Voice of Peace award 
     
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