A powerful and iconic voice in American literature and poetry, Maya Angelou’s life and her works have mesmerized and empowered generations of people worldwide. Her resonant poems and her series of autobiographical works give us insight into who Angelou is. Her struggles and how she overcame adversity and racism to become the strong African-American woman she’s known as today continue to empower those who learn about her.
Most people have heard of her first autobiographical work, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Others are familiar with her powerful poem, “On the Pulse of Morning,” which she read at former President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993. Angelou has authored eight autobiographical books, fifteen books of poetry, two cookbooks, seven children’s books, several personal essays, and numerous writing credits in film, TV, and theatre.
Sadly, Maya Angelou passed away in 2014. Still, her legacy as a writer, poet, and speaker continues to impact and influence the lives of those who encounter her works and her words. Her voice is forever a part of American literature.
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Below are several interviews with Angelou over the years discussing her works, her life, her activism, and her writing.
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