”A Bird Doesn’t Sing Because It Has An Answer: It sings because it has a song

The Caged Bird Sing Because It Has A Song!

Date of Birth: Born on April 4, 1928
Place of Birth : Saint Louis, Missouri
Parents: Father – Bailey Johnson
             Mother: Vivian Baxter Johnson
Background Facts, Information & Ancestry : Maya was descended from the Mende people of West Africa. Her brother, Bailey Jr., gave her the nickname “Maya”.
    1928 April 4, 1928 – Her timeline begins when Maya was born as Marguerite Ann Johnson in Saint Louis, Missouri. Her parents were Bailey and Vivian Baxter Johnson  
    1931 Her parents marriage ended and Maya and her brother were sent to live with her father’s mother, Mrs. Annie Henderson, in Stamps, Arkansas  
    1935 The children were returned to the care of their mother in St. Louis  
    1937 Maya was sexually abused and raped by her mother’s boyfriend, Mr. Freeman. The shock made Maya mute and the children were sent back to live with their grandmother once again  
    1941 Maya and her brother returned to live with her mother in San Francisco where she attended George Washington High School and studied dance and drama on a scholarship at the California Labor School  
    1942 Teacher Bertha Flowers helped Maya to talk again and encouraged her interest in literature  
    1942 She dropped out of school in her teens to become San Francisco’s first African American female cable car conductor  
    1943 Maya returned to high school, but became pregnant and graduated a few weeks before giving birth to her son, Guy. She left home to bring up her son as a single mother working as a waitress and cook  
    1952 She married a Greek sailor named Tosh Angelos but the marriage quickly failed  
    1952 She began her career as a nightclub singer and during this time took the name Maya Angelou  
    1954/5 Toured in a production of Porgy and Bess  
    1957 Recorded the album called Calypso Lady  
    1958 Developed her skills in writing poetry and moved to New York, where she joined the Harlem Writers Guild  
    1959 Became involved with Civil Rights Activists  
    1959 At the request of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou became the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  
    1960 She met the South African civil rights activist Vusumzi Make and in 1960, the couple and Guy moved, to Cairo, Egypt. In Cairo, Maya Angelou worked as editor of the English language weekly The Arab Observer. She later moved to Ghana  
    1964 Returned to America hoping to help Malcolm X build his new Organization of African American Unity  
    1968 Malcolm X is assassinated and Maya began working on her Autobiographical book ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’  
    1970 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is published  
    1973 Maya Angelou married Paul du Feu and moved with him and her son to Sonoma, California. She then worked on her writing and acting  
    1974 Published Gather Together in My Name  
    1976 Published Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas  
    1981 She divorced Paul du Feu  
    1981 Published The Heart of a Woman  
    1984 Met Oprah Winfrey and became her friend and mentor  
    1993 Maya Angelou reads her poem On the Pulse of Morning at inauguration of President Bill Clinton  
    1997 Published All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes  
    2002 Published A Song Flung Up to Heaven  
    1970 Receives the Chubb Fellowship Award, Yale University  
    1972 Receives the Pulitzer Prize Nomination for Just Give Me A Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Die  
    1976 Receives the Ladies’ Home Journal Award (“Woman of the Year in Communication”)  
    1977 Receives the Golden Eagle Award, Afro-American in the Arts  
    1986 Receives Fulbright Program 40th Anniversary Distinguished Lecturer award  
    1991 Receives Langston Hughes Medal  
    1993 Grammy for “Best Spoken Word Album,” “On The Pulse of Morning,”  
    1996 Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Association National Award  
    2006 Receives Mother Teresa Award  
    2006 Maya Angelou became a radio talk show host for the first time hosting a weekly show for XM Satellite Radio’s Oprah & Friends channel  
    2008 Becomes the first recipient of Hope for Peace and Justice Voice of Peace award

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