Black History Fact: Maya Angelou

Black History Fact: Maya Angelou

Mincie Richardson

Marguerite Annie Johnson Angelou (April 4, 1928 to May 28, 2014), also known as Maya Angelou, was an American author, actress, screenwriter, dancer, poet and civil rights activist best known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.  This made literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman. Maya Angelou received many honors throughout her career.  Including two NAACP Image Awards in the outstanding literary work (nonfiction) category in 2005 and 2009.