Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her childhood consisted of abuse, but she preserved and became one of the most iconic writers of all time.

At 16 years old, Maya was the first female African-American cable car conductor in San Francisco. Then she became an actress who toured Europe.

Maya’s true love was writing. In 1969, she published her first autobiography called, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” The story captured the many struggles of African-Americans.

During the 1960s, Maya worked as a civil rights activist beside Martin Luther King, jr. and Malcolm X. she worked for the rights of African Americans and women. Maya died on May 28, 2014, but left a legacy that millions look up to.

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