Why teach Maya Angelou?

Maya Angelou is an important figure in both African American and world history. Her biography and autobiography are required reading for students of all ages, and her poetry is studied in schools around the globe. There are many reasons why Maya Angelou is an important figure to learn about, but here are just a few.

1. Maya Angelou was born in 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her parents were Vivian Baxter and Bailey Johnson, Jr. Her mother was a nurse and her father was a Pullman porter. When Maya was three, her parents divorced and she moved with her mother to California. Her father later remarried and Maya had three half-brothers.

Maya was a bright student and she won a scholarship to study at the University of California, Los Angeles. However, she dropped out after three weeks. In 1951, she gave birth to her son, Guy. To support herself and her son, Maya worked as a prostitute and a cook.

In 1957, Maya met Martin Luther King, Jr. and became involved in the civil rights movement. She worked as a coordinator for the Southern Christian

2. Maya Angelou was born into a difficult family situation. Her father, Bailey Johnson, was missing for most of her childhood, and her mother, Vivian Baxter, was mostly absent due to her work as a prostitute. As a result, Maya was raised by her grandmother, who was very strict with her.

3. Despite a hard upbringing, Maya Angelou became a successful author, poet, and civil rights activist.


Maya Angelou had a difficult upbringing and experienced a great deal of violence and abuse. However, she became a successful author, poet, and civil rights activist. She was involved in the Civil Rights Movement and worked with Martin Luther King Jr. She also wrote a number of influential autobiographies. Her work has been praised for its insight and powerful prose.

4. Her work has been praised by presidents and royalty, and her poetry is known for its beauty and power.

Maya Angelou was an accomplished writer and poet. She was praised by presidents and royalty alike for her beautiful and powerful poetry.

Maya Angelou was an accomplished writer and poet. She was praised by presidents and royalty alike for her beautiful and powerful poetry. Her work has been featured in multiple anthologies and has been taught in schools across the country. Angelou’s writing is a testament to the human experience and is sure to be appreciated by readers for many years to come.

5. Maya Angelou’s life is an inspiration to anyone who has faced adversity, and her message is one that should be shared with students of all ages.
Maya Angelou’s life is an inspiration to anyone who has faced adversity.

After a very difficult childhood, she became one of the most respected writers and public speakers in the world. Her message is one that should be shared with students of all ages, as it is full of wisdom and compassion. Maya Angelou’s story is one of strength and resilience, and her words have the power to change lives.

Learn more about Maya Angelou in her autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – eBook

Maya Angelou was one of the world’s most respected writers and poets. In the 1930s and 1940s she was a poor Black girl growing up in the segregated American South. She suffered prejudice and cruelty from people she trusted as well as at the hands of an unjust society. This is Maya’s true story. back to ebook library Read in our eReader below.

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