Updated: Dec 19, 2020
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Born Marguerite Annie Johnson in St. Louis, MO, Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was an American author, actress, screenwriter, dancer, poet, and civil rights activist. Best known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she made literary history as the first, nonfiction, bestseller, African-American woman.
“I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.”
“We need joy as we need air. We need love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.”