Maya Angelou Died Today

I know why the caged bird singsMaya Angelou died today, Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  I know who she is from watching her on Oprah.  My mom is always watching the Oprah network and Maya Angelou was on the show, Oprah’s Lifeclass.  I think on Lifeclass people talk about their lives and give advice.  Anyway, my mom said that Maya Angelou wrote one of her favorite books, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.  My mom read that book when she was in middle school and she told me that I should read it too.  She even has the exact book that she read back then.  It’s on our bookshelf with some of the other books that Maya Angelou has written.  I’m going to read it too.  They called her Dr. Maya Angelou, but she wasn’t a medical doctor.

She was born on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri.  Her name was actually Marguerite Annie Johnson.  She was raised in Stamps, Arkansas and San Francisco, California where her parents sent her to live with her grandmother.  I knew that Dr. Angelou was a writer, but I didn’t know that she was a singer, a dancer (just like me), and an actress.  The articles on the Internet also say that she was Hollywood’s first black female movie director.  I didn’t know that.  My mom didn’t either.  She participated in the Civil Rights Movement and she knew Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. She was also a poet laureate and was the second poet to perform at a presidential inauguration when she read a poem at President Bill Clinton’s ceremony in 1993.  Dr. Maya Angelou was 86.