Today’s Phenomenal Woman:
Maya Angelou (1928–2014)
Author, Actress, Civil Rights Activist, Screenwriter, Dancer and Poet
- Award-winning author known for her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings(1969); first non-fiction bestseller by a black woman
- experienced firsthand racial prejudices and discrimination in Arkansas
- Raped by her mother’s boyfriend as a young child; her traumatization caused her to live for years as a mute
- She recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993
- Her poem Phenomenal Woman published in 1995 has been recited numerous times by various woman as a sign of strength.
- Received several honors throughout her career, including two NAACP Image Awards in the outstanding literary work (nonfiction) category
- Published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years
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