Maya Angelou

b. 1928
Maya  Angelou

Maya Angelou has had a varied career as a streetcar conductor in San Francisco, a dancer, editor for The Arab Observer, teacher, and actress. Born Marguerite Johnson in 1928, she gained fame with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, her 1970 autobiography which speaks courageously of her encounters with racism. One of the best-known writers in America, Angelou read her poem “On the Pulse of the Morning” at the presidential inauguration of Bill Clinton in 1993.