Maya Angelou (born 1928)

Maya Angelou

Novelist and poet, in 1970 the first volume Angelou’s autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings became the first non-fiction work by a Black woman to top national bestseller lists.

Her distinctive, highly politically-charged style has influenced a generation of authors; her work has furthermore encouraged many Black women into professional writing.

One of her poems, Still I Rise, begins:

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise

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