10 Interesting Maya Angelou Facts

Tuesday, July 15th 2014. | People

Maya Angelou Facts show you the interesting facts about the first African American director and producer of 20th Century Fox. Even though Angelou never went to college, she earned more than 50 honorary degrees from various universities and colleges. Find our more facts about Maya Angelou here:

Maya Angelou Facts 1: date of birth

Maya Angelou was born with the real name, Marguerite Johnson on 4th April 1928 in St. Louis. She was called Maya by her older brother, Bailey Jr. Maya means my sister.

Maya Angelou Facts 2: teenage life

Maya was a talented girl.   She got a scholarship to study drama and dance at San Francisco’s Labor School. She decided to leave her school at the age of 14 years old because she wanted to become the first African American female cable car conductor in San Francisco.

Maya Angelou And Obama

Maya Angelou And Obama

Maya Angelou Facts 3: a child

The only child that Maya Angelou had was her son, Guy. She gave birth to her son at the age of 16 years old.

Maya Angelou Facts 4: Calypso

Calypso was the title of Angelou’s album in 1957. In 1958, she decided to move to New York. She joined Harlem Writers Guild. Maya was also a good actor for she tried her acting skill in the Off Broadway Show, The Blacks.

Maya Angelou Facts

Maya Angelou Facts

Maya Angelou Facts 5: The Arab Observer

Maya became the Arab Observer’s editor when she moved to Cairo, Egypt. She only spent one year in Cairo before she decided to move to Ghana. She worked as a lecturer for University of Ghana’s School of Music and Drama.

Maya Angelou Facts 6: Malcolm X

Malcolm X and Angelou were good friends before Malcolm was assassinated. Both had a plan to create New Organization of Afro-American Unity. Angelou also involved in civil right movement along with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She served as the Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Find out Malcolm X facts here.

Maya Angelou Pic

Maya Angelou Pic

Maya Angelou Facts 7: languages

There are many languages that Maya Angelou masters. Those include Spanish, English, Arabic, Italian and Fanti.

Maya Angelou Facts 8: a poet

Maya was also famous as a poet. She was the second poet who read a poem on the presidential inauguration. On The Pulse of Morning is one of her famous poems. It made her earn a Grammy award for the audio recording.

Maya Angelou Quote

Maya Angelou Quote

Maya Angelou Facts 9: a cameo

In 1993, May was a cameo in a movie Poetic Justice.  You can also see her as a cameo in Madea’s Family Reunion.

Maya Angelou Facts 10: Down in the Delta

Down in the Delta was a movie in 1998 that she directed.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

There were several classes that Angelou taught such as theatre, theology, ethics, philosophy, science and writing. What do you think on facts about Maya Angelou?

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