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Maya Angelou is a very triumphant woman She has written many books and poems that have given her great success If one would talk to her he or she would think she has lead a normal happy life Her life is blissful now but it wasnt always perfect Maya Angelous sorrowful life experiences inspired her to write autobiographical works of poetry Maya Angelou was born April 4 1928 as Marguerite Johnson in St Louis She was raised in segregated rural Arkansas She came from a broken home Angelou was raped at eight and was an unwed mother at 16 years old Williams 1 In spite of her tragic childhood she still managed to become one of the greatest black poets of the twentieth century Williams 1 Angelou is a poet an author a historian an actress a playwright a civil-rights activist a producer and a director Ms Angelou began her career in drama and dance and she married a South African freedom fighter and lived in Cairo Later she also taught in Ghana In the 1960s she said that being black female non-Muslim non-Arab six foot tall and American made for some interesting experiences during her stay in Africa Williams 1 Ms Angelou accomplished many things in her life She was the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at the request of Dr Martin Luther King Jr She was also appointed to the Bicentennial Commission by President Gerald Ford the National Commission on the Observance of International Womens Year by Jimmy Carter and in 1993 she wrote and delivered the presidential inauguration for President Bill Clinton
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