i’m always struck by her birth being on the anniversary of Dr. King’s murder. a true comment on our reality.
THE messenger, Dr. Maya Angelou
*Maya Angelou was born on this date in 1928. She was an African American poet, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director.
Born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, Angelou was raised in segregated rural Arkansas and in San Francisco where she fulfilled an early desire of becoming that city’s first Black streetcar conductor. She studied dance with Pearl Primus in New York around the 1950s and eventually sang in nightclubs in New York and San Francisco. Angelou, who speaks French, Spanish, Italian, and West African Fanti, also worked abroad as an editor for The Arab Observer, an English-language weekly published in Cairo.
While living in Accra, Ghana, she married a South African freedom fighter, taught music and drama at the University of Ghana while Black Nationalist Kwame Nkrumah was in power. She was also feature editor of…
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