image of Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou was born in 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Angelou was an American author, actress, screenwriter, dancer, poet, and civil rights activist best known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made literary history as the first nonfiction bestseller by an African American woman. In 1993, Dr. Angelou recited her poem, On the Pulse of Morning, for President Bill Clinton’s inaugural ceremony. Dr. Angelou received several honors throughout her career, including two NAACP Image Awards in the outstanding literary work (nonfiction) category, in 2005 and 2009.