From American Academy of Poets: Still I Rise, by Maya Angelou, One of My Inspirational Heroines, One of My Inspirational Angels


Still I Rise

Maya Angelou



Maya Angelou was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 4, 1928. She was an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist. In 1993, Angelou wrote and delivered a poem, “On The Pulse of the Morning,” at the inauguration for President Bill Clinton at his request. In 2000, she received the National Medal of Arts, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2010. Angelou died on May 28, 2014, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she had served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University since 1982.

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