WHO: Maya Angelou
WHAT: Primarily known for her memoirs and poetry, Angelou was also a playwright, producer, singer, and dancer. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
WHEN: Born April 4, 1928; died May 28, 2014
WHERE: Born in St. Louis, Missouri; died in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou: "Complete collection of Mary Angelou's published poems, including her inaugural poem 'On the Pulse of Morning.'"
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: "Angelou recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums."
Gather Together in My Name: "Continues Angelou's autobiography. As this book begins she is in her teens and has given birth to a son."
Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas: "Tells of her failed marriage to a white man, her theatrical career, and of her relationship with her son."
The Heart of a Woman: "This fourth autobiographical work by Angelou tells of her entry into New York's circle of African-American artists and writers, her involvement in the civil rights movement, and changes in her personal life."
Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die: "Contains poems with the themes of racial confrontation, love, and nostalgic memory."
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” (from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings)
“Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
That's me.” (from "Phenomenal Woman")
“I found it hard to think of leaving my books. They had been my elevators out of the midden, and to whom could I entrust such close friends?” (Gather Together in My Name)