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Maya Angelou Poet, Author, and Civil Rights Activist

Maya Angelou Poet, Author, and Civil Rights Activist

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  1. Maya AngelouPoet, Author, and Civil Rights Activist By KB

  2. Her life • Was born on April 4, 1928 • She had 1 brother named Bailey • Her parents names were Vivian and Bailey • Parents divorced when she was 3 • Moved to Stamps, Missouri with her grandmother

  3. life • Life in Stamps wasn’t easy • Lived in the poorest part of town • Was refused treatment by a white dentist • Sometimes wished she was white • Grandmother had her go live with her mom • She moved to San Francisco

  4. life • She was raped by mother’s boyfriend • She told her brother Bailey • Maya’s uncle killed her attacker • Maya felt guilty like she killed him • Maya went mute for nearly five years

  5. Maya • Selective Mutism is a social disorder • Failure to speak isn’t because lack of knowledge • People might stare blankly into space

  6. life • She moved back to Stamps, Arkansas • Mrs. Flowers helped Maya gain confidence • Maya moved back to San Francisco • Didn’t want to live with her mother • Moved in with her father • Ended up in a shelter for 1 month

  7. life • Moved back in with her mother • Got pregnant at 16 • Gave birth to a boy • His name was Guy Johnson

  8. life • Maya attended Mission High School • She won a scholarship • She went to San Francisco's Labor School • She studied dance and drama

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  10. history • Blacks lived in the ghetto • There was racism going on • Blacks were not treated equal • Brown vs. the board of education • Was in 1954 • That was after Maya went to school

  11. historical • Changes were being made • Maya was doing her part to help • Other black leaders were being killed • Whites were unhappy • Black people felt justice somewhat

  12. Maya giving a poem

  13. Inspired • Was inspired by the world around her • People need some uplifting • Maya bought that to the table • She knew people could relate • So she decided to write

  14. writing • A friend helped her get started • She wrote her first book in1970 • Title is I Know Why Caged the Bird Sings • That was taken from Laurence Dunbar

  15. writing • Maya also wrote poetry • Her first poem was Jus Give Me A Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I die • Poetry was written to express herself • Her poetry was written with wisdom and creativity

  16. Famous poem and my favorite • You may write me down in historyWith your bitter, twisted lies,You may trod me in the very dirtBut still, like dust, I'll rise. • Little bit of Maya’s poem And Still I Rise

  17. Another poem Prisoner • Even sunlight daresand trembles throughmy barsto shimmerdances onthe floor.A clang oflock andkeys and heelsand blood-driedguns.Even sunshine dares • It's jail     and bailthen rails to run

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  19. Help this generation • Personal life in has inspired people • She has done extraordinary work • Maya should influence any woman • It’s a honor to research the life of Maya Angelou and see all the things that inspired her masterpieces

  20. Ms. Maya Angelou