Black History Month with Maya Angelou
*(Trigger warning: mention of sexual assault)*
Maya Angelou is a well-known American author, poet, actress and civil rights activist. Even though she passed away in 2014, her legacy is bound to live forever.
Born in St. Louis on April 4, 1928, Angelou is best remembered for her memoir, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” which explores her childhood as a person of color, including her mother’s boyfriend sexually assaulting her which led her to stop talking entirely. However, Angelou understood as she grew older, it was time to be heard. Her memoir made literary history as the first nonfiction bestselling book written by an African-American woman.
Not only did she publish this critically acclaimed book, but she also published various poetry books, essays and screenplays. Consequently, she received two NAACP Image Awards in outstanding literary work (nonfiction), among several other honors throughout her career.
Angelou is a true inspiration for women of color. In a world that silences, she proved WOC have just as important of a voice as everyone else