A prolific author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer, Maya Angelou was one of the most widely known and accomplished American artists of the 20th century. With seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and dozens of awards and accolades to her credit, Angelou’s contributions to American letters are as outstanding as they are peerless. With a venturesome spirit and an unwavering moral character, Angelou became a leading Black voice during the civil rights movement in the United States, lived and worked in Africa and Europe, wrote and performed for the stage and screen, and in 2011 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. This biography boldly covers many aspects of Angelou’s world, chronicling the successes and failures of an artistic pioneer who experienced tragedy as well as triumph during her long and remarkable life. A fascinating and phenomenal woman, Maya Angelou created an enduring legacy of artistry and meaningful social activism that continues to inspire millions of Americans and many more around the world.
- Provides readers a comprehensive portrayal of Maya Angelou's life and times
- Explores the importance of the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights movement in the United States
- Examines major events in Angelou's life and explains how these events influenced her personally and professionally
- Discusses how Angelou has shaped and continues to influence Black culture and American history