Fun Fact 2 Maya Angelou had a very interesting and somewhat challenging
life which she wrote about in seven autobiographies. She faced some very
difficult times, particularly during her childhood as she was abused by
a family member. Her stories tell openly of her life and how she grew
stronger over the years despite what she had been through.
Fun Fact 3: The first autobiography was a huge success; it was called 'I
Know Why the Caged Bird Sing'. This particular autobiography talks about
her early childhood experiences up until the age of 17, in which she
compares herself to the 'Caged Bird' in the title of the book.
Fun Fact 4: Maya Angelou is also a very famous poet. She has produced
some amazing poems which helped her to compile several books of poetry.
Various life experiences and lessons taught her to write fabulous
Fun Fact 5: Maya Angelou's various books and poems are used in schools
throughout the world as a study resource for literature students. Her
deep and meaningful content allows students to carefully analyze and
learn how to become great writers. Maya written achievements provide an
excellent study aid centered around many different themes.
Fun Fact 6: There was a period of five years during Maya Angelou's life
where she became mute. She didn't speak at all during these years as she
was afraid that if she spoke something very bad might happen. This was
following difficult times during her childhood. It was during these
years that she discovered her love for literature.
Fun Fact 7: There was a lady who was a teacher and a friend to Maya
Angelou, her name was Mrs Bertha Flowers. She helped Maya to overcome
her times of silence, where she was unable to speak for five years. Mrs
Bertha Flowers did this by introducing Maya to the works of inspiring
poets and authors such as Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan
Fun Fact 8: Maya Angelou wrote a poem called 'On the Pulse of Morning'.
It included the inspiring lyrics 'The Rock cries out to us today, You
may stand upon me, But do not hide your face.' Maya recited the poem in
January 1993 at President Bill Clinton's inauguration.
Fun Fact 9: Maya Angelou's real name was Marguerite Annie Johnson. Maya
was a nickname which she was given by Bailey Jr. who was her older
brother. The nickname came from 'My' or 'Mya' Sister.
Fun Fact 10: Maya Angelou's parents were called Bailey and Vivian
Johnson. Her father was a doorman and navy dietician. Her mother was a
nurse and card dealer. The couple's marriage came to an end when Maya
was 3 years old and she was sent, along with her older brother, to live
with their grandmother.
Fun Fact 11: Maya Angelou wasn't just a literary genius; she was also a
successful dancer, actress and singer. Her outstanding production of
plays, TV shows and movies received over fifty honorary degrees and many
Fun Fact 12: Maya Angelou was born on April 4th, 1928 in St. Louis,
Missouri in the United States of America. She was of African-American
Fun Fact 13: Maya Angelou was also a civil rights activist. She worked
with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. She continued her work in the
Civil Rights movement until she was very old, making approximately
eighty appearances on the lecture circuit per year.
Fun Fact 14: Maya Angelou passed away on May 28th, 2014. People from
across the world paid tribute to this admiral woman including world
leaders such as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Fun Fact 15: Maya Angelou has one son who is called Guy Johnson. He was
born in 1945 and he is a writer.