African-American poet and author (1928-2014)
Maya Angelou was an American memoirist, popular poet, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim.
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I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.
For Africa to me ... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.
As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.