Celebrating the Literary Legend Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and a prominent civil rights activist. Her life was dedicated to art of all kind and she left behind a legacy that will never be forgotten. On this day, Angelou would have been 90 years old. Her famous autobiographies received high critical acclaim all over the world as well as her other works. Her book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” talked about her life up until the age of 17 which is still considered a literary masterpiece.
She also worked as a producer, actor, writer and director for multiple films and tv shows. She was also a prominent part of the civil rights movement in America headed by Martin Luther King Jr. She worked with him and Malcolm X during the movement and became the voice of the black culture and women. Her works highlight the struggles of her life including racism which is one of the most controversial topics even today and yet she wrote about it so bravely.
She worked as a professional singer during her 20s and performed in clubs of San Francisco and even recorded an album called Miss Calypso. After Robert Frost’s recitation at the presidential inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, Angelou was the second poet to do so by reciting her poem On The Pulse of Morning at the presidential inauguration of President Bill Clinton in 1993.
Maya Angelou even made a film in 1996 Down in the Delta about family tragedy, prejudice, drugs, and racial issues in which she cast the Blade trilogy actor Wesley Snipes.
“I wrote about my experiences because I thought too many people tell young folks, ‘I never did anything wrong. Who, Moi? – never I. I have no skeletons in my closet. In fact, I have no closet.’ They lie like that and then young people find themselves in situations and they think, ‘Damn I must be a pretty bad guy. My mom or dad never did anything wrong.’ They can’t forgive themselves and go on with their lives.”