In honor of Black History Month AllEyesOnWho and Entourage Magazine celebrates the memory by honoring some of the pioneers through out the month of February.
Dr. Maya Angelou — born Marguerite Ann Johnson; April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri – Maya Angelou is famous as the Black African American poet, actress and an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement. She has published six autobiographies, five books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. She has received dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees. Dr. Angelou is best known for her series of autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences.
Dr. Angelou’s list of occupations includes pimp, prostitute, night-club dancer and performer, cast member of the musical Porgy and Bess, coordinator for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, author, journalist in Egypt and Ghana during the days of decolonization, and actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs.
President Clinton requested that she compose a poem to read at his inauguration in 1993. Dr. Angelou’s reading of her poem “On the Pulse of the Morning” was broadcast live around the world.
- As a teenager Maya Angelou won a scholarship to study dance and drama at San Francisco’s Labor School.
- She was San Francisco’s first African-American female cable car conductor.
- She onced lived in Cairo, Egypt, where she served as an editor for the English language weekly The Arab Observer.
- She master the languages of French, Spanish, Italian, Arabaic and West African language Fanti.
- She met with Malcom X while in Ghana.
- She has received over 30 honorary degrees.
- To add to the amazing list, Dr. Maya Angelou has published many many inspiring and beautiful poems, novels, and has recorded songs as well.