Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928. She rose from humble beginnings having worked as fry cook, prostitute, night-club dancer and performer to become a premier writer, poet, actor, director, civil rights leader. She was honored with the Reynolds Professorship of American Studies at Wake Forrest University. In 1993 she read her poem “On the Pulse of Morning”, at Bill Clinton’s inauguration. Angelou’s literary achievements inspired many poets as well as her faith in the promise of America.
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