Maya Angelou's Timeline

  • When Maya Angelou was born

    When Maya Angelou was born
    Maya Angelou was born on this day in St. Louis, Missouri. Her real name was Marguerite Annie Johnson. She's the second child of Bailey Jonhson and Vivian Johnson.
  • Maya's Parents Divorce!

    Maya's Parents Divorce!
    Her parents divorced when she was three, and her and her brother went to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas
  • Back with Mommy

    Back with Mommy
    Maya and her brother, Bailey Johnson Jr., went back to St. Louis to live with their mother and her mother's boyfriend.
  • BIG Problems!

    BIG Problems!
    When she was eight, she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. When she revealed what happened, her uncles kicked the culprit to death. Angelou was frightened and chose not to speak for the next five years.
  • Good Times

    Good Times
    Maya and her brother returned to live with her mother in San Francisco where she attended George Washington High School and studied dance and drama on a scholarship at the California Labor School
  • The FIRST woman

    The FIRST woman
    Maya dropped out of school to work as a cable car conductor. She was the first African-American woman to have this job!
  • A Miracle is born

    A Miracle is born
    Maya returned to high school, but became pregnant and graduated a few weeks before giving birth to her son, Guy. She left home to bring up her son as a single mother working as a waitress and cook.
  • First love but it isn't what it seems....

    First love but it isn't what it seems....
    She married a Greek sailor named Tosh Angelos but the marriage quickly failed.
  • Show Time

    Show Time
    She began her career as a nightclub singer and during this time took the name Maya Angelou.
  • Great Times

    Great Times
    Toured in a production of Porgy and Bess.
  • First Album

    First Album
    Maya recorded her first album, Calypso Lady.
  • True passion

    True passion
    Maya joined the Harlem Writers Guild in NYC and then began to develop her passion for writing poetry.
  • Big turn around

    Big turn around
    She met the South African civil rights activist Vusumzi Make and in 1960, the couple and Guy moved, to Cairo, Egypt. In Cairo, Maya Angelou worked as editor of the English language weekly The Arab Observer. She later moved to Ghana.
  • Back Home

    Back Home
    Maya returns to America and she begins to assist Malcolm X with civil rights movements for African-Americans.
  • Open my heart.......

    Open my heart.......
    Maya begins to write her autobiography, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings". Also, she writes a PBS television series called, Black, Blues, Black. During this year Malcolm X, a very close friend of Maya's, was assassinated.
  • First Autobiography

    First Autobiography
    Maya Angelou's first autobiography, "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings," is published.
  • Yale University

    Yale University
    Maya Receives the Chubb Fellowship Award, Yale University.
  • PRIZES

    PRIZES
    Maya Receives the Pulitzer Prize Nomination for Just Give Me A Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die.
  • New love....

    New love....
    Maya Angelou married Paul du Feu and moved with him and her son to Sonoma, California. She then worked on her writing and acting.
  • More stories

    More stories
    Maya published, "Gather Together in My Name".
  • More words

    More words
    Maya published, "Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas".
  • Awards

    Awards
    Maya Receives the Ladies' Home Journal Award ("Woman of the Year in Communication")
  • More Arwards

    More Arwards
    Maya Receives the Golden Eagle Award, Afro-American in the Arts.
  • Good things.....END!

    Good things.....END!
    Maya divorces her husband Paul du Feu.
  • The Heart of a woman

    The Heart of a woman
    Published The Heart of a Woman, It talks about how she and her son moved with her husband at the time. She also talks about what her relationship is between her and her son.
  • Maya Met Oprah Winfrey

    Maya Met Oprah Winfrey
    Maya met Oprah Winfrey and became her friend and mentor
  • AWARDS!!

    AWARDS!!
    Maya Receives Fulbright Program 40th Anniversary Distinguished Lecturer award.
  • Medals

    Medals
    Maya Receives Langston Hughes Medal
  • The White House.

    The White House.
    Maya Angelou reads her poem On the Pulse of Morning at inauguration of President Bill Clinton.
  • GRAMMY!

    GRAMMY!
    Grammy for "Best Spoken Word Album," "On The Pulse of Morning,"
  • Martin Luther King Jr.

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    In 1996 Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Association National Award
  • All Gods Children Need Traveling Shoes

     All Gods Children Need Traveling Shoes
    Published All Gods Children Need Traveling Shoes.It explains what Maya has done when she was in Africa. It ends when she writes about how she lost her son in a horrible car accident.
  • A Song Flung Up to Heaven

    A Song Flung Up to Heaven
    Maya Published A Song Flung Up to Heaven. It talks about what Maya felt when she came back to America. It also talks about how Maya began to involve herself with civil rights activists and the pain she felt when when Malcolm X was killed.
  • Making More Awards

    Making More Awards
    Maya receives the Mother Teresa Award. This award is a way to recognize those who help the world with what they do. Many who receive this award consider it one of the greatest achievements they have ever be given.
  • Radio Talk

    Radio Talk
    Maya Angelou became a radio talk show host for the first time hosting a weekly show for XM Satellite Radio's Oprah & Friends channel.
  • Awards

    Awards
    Maya Becomes the first recipient of Hope for Peace and Justice Voice of Peace award.
  • Maya Angelou Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

    Maya Angelou Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
    Maya Angelou was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on February 15, 2011 by President Barack Obama.
  • Maya Angelou Dies

    Maya Angelou Dies
    Maya Angelou died on the morning of May 28, 2014, according to a family statement. She was found by her nurse. Although Angelou had reportedly been in poor health and had canceled recent scheduled appearances, she was working on another book, an autobiography about her experiences with national and world leaders.