Maya Angelou, artist and exceptional woman
Famous poet, author and American actress, Maya Angelou, whose real name was Marguerite Johnson disappeared on May 28 at the age of 86 years. Best known in France for his novels « I know why the caged bird sings » published in 1969 and « While I would black » 1981, she was also the author of several films and theater plays. All of his work is marked by his passion for literature but also often by his fight against racism. Indeed, close to Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, Maya Angelou was primarily a woman actively engaged in the civil rights of African Americans. On 20 January 1993, Bill Clinton’s newly elected asked to read his poem « On the Pulse of Morning » in his inaugural speech.
February 15, 2011, the writer receives hands of Barrack Obama, the prestigious Medal of Freedom in recognition of his activism as well as all of his work as a contribution to American culture.
During the last years of his life, Maya Angelou taught at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem (North Carolina). His writings are now in the program of American schools.
By Anne Waas