Maya Angelou

  • Birth.

    Maya Angelou is born in Saint Louis, Missouri. Her birth name is Marguerite Johnson
  • Maya drops out of School

    Maya drops out of School
    Angelou took on many roles other than author during her life. She dropped out of school during 1942 to become San Francisco's first African American female cable car conductor.
  • Motherhood

    Maya takes on the role of motherhood upon the birth of her first son, Guy, in 1943.
  • The Move

    Maya meets Vusumzi Make, a South African civil rights activist, and moves with him and her son to Cairo, Egypt.
  • Another Move

    Maya moves to Ghana and works as an assistant administrator at the University of Ghana.
  • Publication

    Maya's autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" is published. (Note: Neither italics nor underlines were available to punctuate book title).
  • Appointment

    President Jimmy Carter appoints Maya to the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year.
  • Teaching

    In 1982, Angelou was named the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.
  • Celebrity Acquaintances

    In 1984, Angelou meets the famous Oprah Winfrey and becomes her friend and mentor.
  • President Clinton's Inaugruation

    Angelou writes and delivers a poem at Clinton's 1993 inauguration.
  • Hope for Peace and Justice Voice of Peace Award

    Maya becomes the first recipient of the Hope for Peace and Justice Voice of Peace Award.
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom

    President Barack Obama awards Maya Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • Death

    Maya dies peacefully. She was in poor health leading up to her death. She dies while still working on an autobiography.