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date: 05 April 2020

Angelou, Marguerite Annie, (Maya)free

Born St Louis, 4 April 1928; d of Bailey Johnson and Vivian Baxter Johnson; one s; died 28 May 2014

writer, singer and actress


George Washington High Sch., San Francisco; California Labor Sch.


Yale Univ. Fellowship, 1970; Rockefeller Foundn Scholar, 1975; Reynolds Prof. of Amer. Studies, Wake Forest Univ., 1981–. Writer, director, or actor: stage: Cabaret for Freedom, 1960; Medea, 1966; The Least of These, 1966; Gettin’ Up Stayed On My Mind, 1967; Ajax, 1974; And Still I Rise, 1976; Look Away, 1975; Moon and Rainbow Shawl, 1988; films: Georgia, Georgia, 1972; All Day Long, 1974; Poetic Justice, 1993; How to Make an American Quilt, 1996; television: Black, Blue, Black, 1968; Roots, 1977; Sister, Sister, 1982. Awards include: Amer. Revolution Bicentennial, 1975; Woman of the Year in Communications, 1976; Horatio Alger, 1992


autobiography: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 1970 (televised, 1979); Gather Together in My Name, 1974; Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas, 1976; The Heart of a Woman, 1981; All God’s Children Need Travelling Shoes, 1986; Wouldn’t Take Nothing for my Journey Now, 1993; (jtly) My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken and Me, 1994; A Song Flung to Heaven, 2002; Hallelujah! the Welcome Table, 2005; Mom & Me & Mom, 2013; essays: Lessons in Life, 1993; Letter to My Daughter, 2009; poetry: Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ’Fore I Diiie, 1971; Oh Pray My Wings are Gonna Fit Me Well, 1975; Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing?, 1983; Now Sheba Sings the Song, 1987; I shall not be Moved, 1990; On the Pulse of Morning, 1993 (delivered personally at Presidential Inauguration); Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou, 1995; Amazing Peace, 2005; fiction: Even the Stars Look Lonesome, 1998; short stories: All Day Long