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Honoring Dr. Maya Angelou

By Jeannette | February 8, 2012

Marcus with Maya Angelou and Ming Tsai

By: Justin Chan

It’s difficult for anyone to celebrate Black History Month and forget the achievements of Dr. Maya Angelou. An eminent civil rights activist and celebrated author, Dr. Angelou experienced the ugliness of racial discrimination firsthand while growing up in Arkansas. Despite her struggles, her rise as an African American pioneer began when she studied in San Francisco and became the city’s first African-American female cable car conductor. Maya, however, had a passion for the arts and soon found herself performing alongside renowned choreographer Alvin Ailey. She also recorded her first album, Calypso Lady.

What ultimately propelled Dr. Angelou to legendary status was her writing. In 1970, after working under the guidance of novelist James Baldwin, she published I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The autobiography detailed her battle with racism and family trouble and went on to win several notable accolades. Following its publication, the memoir has been heralded as a classic piece of American literature, especially that which concerns black feminist writing. Read More

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