Maya angelou

Maya Angelou's Timeline

  • Maya Was Born

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

    This is the time span of Maya Angelou
  • Big Split!

    Maya's parents had divorced from their deadly, hectic marrage. Maya and her broter moved to Stamps, Arkansas woth their grandmother, Mrs. Annie Henderson. She was very strist with them but she always showed them love and gave them everything they needed.
  • Mother Ohh Mother!

    Maya and her brother, Bailey Johnson Jr., went back to St. Louis to live with their mother and her mother's boyfriend.
  • Little Secret Big Problems

    Little Secret Big Problems
    Maya was raped by her mother's boyfriend. Instead of Maya telling her mother she decided to tell her brother. Once she did this her brother told her he told his mother and she went to the police. He only had to spend a short time in jail. After all the shock Maya went through she didn't talk to anyone, and became mute. After all this happened the children had to go live their grandmother once again.
  • Good Times Here We Come

    Good Times Here We Come
    Maya and her brother move back in with their mother in San Francisco. Once they're back with their mother they go to school. Maya begins to pursue her career in drama and dance at Washington High School and a scholarship at California Labor School.
  • Learning To Speak Again

    Learning To Speak Again
    One of Maya's teachers, Bertha Flowers, tries to help Maya to speak again.
  • Always A First At Something

    Always A First At Something
    May adropped put of school to work as a cable car conductor. She was the first African-American woman to have this job!
  • A Miricle Is Born

    A Miricle Is Born
    Maya went back to high school, but a few weeks after she graduated she a son and named him Guy. She tried very hard to give her son everything he needed. She took many jobs some of which as a waitress and a cook.
  • Well At First Love Isn't What It Seems....

    She got married to this Greek sailer, Tosh Angelos, but the marriage only lasted for a short amount of time.
  • Show Time!

    Show Time!
    Maya began her career as a night club singer/dancer. Around this time she started to take the name of Maya angelou.
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    Lights, Camera, ACTION!

    Maya toured in Europe and Africa in the musical production of Porgy and Bess.
  • First Album

    First Album
    Maya recorded her first album, Calypso Lady.
  • Finding a True Passion

    Finding a True Passion
    Maya joined the Harlem Writers Guild in NYC and then began to develop her passion for writing poetry.
  • More Than Just a Woman

    More Than Just a Woman
    Maya started to work with civil rights activist groups and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. appointed her as the leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
  • A Big Turn Around

    A Big Turn Around
    Maya met a civil rights activist, Vusumzi Make, for South Africa. The couple and her son move to Cairo, Eygpt and while Maya is over there she works for the Arab Observer as an editor. Her relationship with Make did not last long unfortunately.
  • Always Something New

    Always Something New
    She moved to Ghana and worked for the university over there as an assissistant administrator for 3 years.
  • Home Sweet Home

    Home Sweet Home
    Maya returns to America and she begins to assist Malcom X with civil rights movements for African-Americans.
  • Opened My Eyes And My Heart.....

    Opened My Eyes And 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 Malcon X, a very close friend of Maya's, was assassinated.
  • See What I See

    See What I See
    Maya Angelou's frist autobiography, "I Know Why THe Caged Brid Sings," is published.
  • Chubb Fellowship Award, Yale University

    Maya receives this award because the people in Yale felt she deserved it. This award is normally given to those that the college believes has been or taken a large role in what they do.
  • New Love...New Experience...

    New Love...New Experience...
    Maya married Paul du Feu. She later moved with him and her son to Sonoma, California. She then worked on her writing and acting.
  • More Stories to be Told.

    More Stories to be Told.
    Maya published, "Gather Together in My Name".
  • More Words Of Wisedom.

    More Words Of Wisedom.
    Maya published, "Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas".
  • All Good Things Must End

    All Good Things Must End
    Maya divorces her husband,
  • The Heart of a Woman

    The Heart of a Woman
    One of Maya's autobiographies, 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 hre son.
  • Stepping Up To The White House.

    Stepping Up To The White House.
    Maya Angelou reads her poem On the Pulse of Morning at inauguration of President Bill Clinton.
  • All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes

    Another one of Maya's autobiographies. 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
    This is the sixth and last of Maya's autobiographies. It talks about what Maya felt when she came back to America. It also talks about how Maya began to invovle herself with civil rights activists and the pain she felt when when Malcom X was killed.
  • Time To Make An Award Self

    Time To Make An Award Self
    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 greast achievments they have ever be given.
  • Memorial

    Maya writes a poem in honor of Michael Jackson following his death. The poem is read by Queen Latifah at the memorial honoring Jackson.