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Jason Liebson 2/11/13 Section 2 Maya Angelou was born as Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928 in St Louis, Missouri. An exception to the norm, Maya’s family succeeded financially during the Great Depression. Angelou was raped and abused by her mother’s boy
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   Jason Liebson2/11/13Section 2 Maya Angelou was born as Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928 in St Louis, Missouri. An exception to the nor, Maya!s aily succee#e# inancially #uring the $reat %epression. Angelou was rape# an# abuse# by her other!s boy rien#. %uring an# ollowing that perio#, Angelou #i# not spea& or nearly i'e years. (n those i'e years, she #e'elope# an incre#ible eory. She e'entually o'e# to li'e with her other in )a&lan#, *ali ornia. She atten#e# $eorge +ashington igh School, but also stu#ie# #ance an# #raa at the *ali ornia Labor School. She wor&e# as the irst -lac& eale streetcar con#uctor in San rancisco. She ha# a son, *ly#e, at 1/. (n 1901, she arrie# a $ree& electrician, usician, an# orer sailor nae# nistatsious Angelos, #espite the #isappro'al o her other. he arriage en#e# in 1904. A ter the #i'orce, she #ance# pro essionally in clubs such as he 3urple )nion, where she was also a eature# singer. he 3urple )nion was the irst spot she change# her nae to Maya Angelou pro essionally. he ollowing year, she toure# with a pro#uction o  Porgy and  Bess , gaining language pro iciency in e'ery country she 'isite#. (n 191, Angelou ha# a son with South A rican ree#o ighter 5usu6i Ma&e. hey o'e# to *airo where Angelou wor&e# as an associate e#itor or an nglish7language newspaper. er relationship with Ma&e en#e#, so Angelou an# their son o'e# to $hana where he was toatten# college. She becae an a#inistrator at the ni'ersity o $hana, where she et an# becae goo# rien#s with Malcol . She is note# or her poetry as well as her autobiographies: in or#er, they are  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Gather Together in   My Name, Singin’ and Swingin’ and Getting’ Merry Like Christmas, The Heart o a Woman, ! God’s Chi dren Need Tra#e ing Shoes , an#  ! Song $ %ng &' to Hea#en . She is consi#ere# one o the ost iportant eoirists #ue to her ability to publicly #iscuss her personal li e.
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