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Maya Angelou Timeline

  • Birth

    Maya Angelou was born in St.Louis Missouri.
  • Moving to Arkansas

    Moving to Arkansas
    She moved to Stamps, Arkansas at age three because of her parent's divorce.
  • Silence

    At age 8 she was raped. Mr. Freeman (her mother's boyfriend) was found guilty of raping her. After he was released from jail he was found dead. Maya, after thinking her voice killed him, took a vow of silence for 6 years.
  • Child Birth

    Child Birth
    When she was 16, she had her son. He is named Guy Johnson. His dad was a short-lived high school relationship.
  • First Marriage

    First Marriage
    She married Enistasious Tosh Angelos.
  • Martin Luther King Junior

    Martin Luther King Junior
    She accepted the position of Northern coordinator for the New York office of the Southern Christian leadership conference, where she met Martin Lurther King Jr.
  • Africa

    She went to Africa to speak out about civil rights. She found work at a small radical newspaper
  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X
    She met and befriended Malcolm X in Ghana.
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    This novel is about her life from the age 3-16. It is dedicated to her son. This was also her first novel.
  • Poetry

    Her first poetry book was titled "Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie."
  • Second Marriage

    Second Marriage
    She married Paul Du Feu
  • Presidential Inauguration

    Presidential Inauguration
    She became the second poet to read her own poem at a presidential inauguration. She read "On the Pulse of Morning" at Clinton's inauguration.
  • Death

    She died at 86