Maya Angelou

  • Born

    in St. Louis, Missouri. Born Marguerite Annie Johnson
  • Moved to Stamps, Arkansas

    When Angelou was three, she was sent to Stamps, AR with her brother, Bailey.
  • Gave Birth to Son

    Angelou had a son, his name is Guy.
  • Northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

    Angelou was the coordinator for Martin Luther King Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • Moved to Cairo

    Angelou and her son moved to Cairo where Angelou worked as an associate editor at the weekly English-language newspaper "The Arab Observer".
  • Moved to Ghana

    Angelou and her son Guy moved to Accra, Ghana. She became an administrator at the University of Ghana, and was active in the African-American expatriate community.She was a feature editor for The African Review, a freelance writer for the Ghanaian Times, wrote and broadcast for Radio Ghana, and worked and performed for Ghana's National Theatre.
  • Moved back to the U.S.

    While in Ghana, Angelou became close friends with Malcolm X and returned to the U.S. to help him build the Organization of Afro-American Unity.
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    Maya Angelou releases her autobiography about the early years of her life
  • And Still I Rise

    Her third volume of poetry. Made up of 32 short poems.
  • On the Pulse of Morning

    Poem written for the Inauguration that quickly became extremely popular
  • Reading at Bill Clinton's Inauguration

    Maya Angelou read, "On the Pulse of Morning," at President Bill Clinton's inauguration
  • Rewarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

    Angelou received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama
  • Died

    86 years old in Winston-Salem, NC