Maya Angelou, Marguerite Ann Johnson died today May 28, 2014 she was an American author and poet. Publishing seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, tells of her life up to the age of seventeen.
She’s held many occupations as a young adult, including fry cook, night-club dancer and performer, castmember of the opera Porgy and Bess, coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and journalist in Egypt and Ghana. She has also been an actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs.
In 1993, Angelou recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration, the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961.
Oprah Winfrey has referred to her as a, “Mother Sister Friend “. She was seen recently on the Oprah Winfrey networks Masterclass where she describes in her various works and her extraordinary life.