Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, born April 4[th] 1928, grew up with a lot of challenges she had to face in life. At a young age, her parents' marriage was broken and she was forced to live with her grandmother. While living with her grandmother, she was faced with prejudice and racial discrimination. A few years later her father popped up in her life and sent her to live with her mother, where a couple of years went by and she was being abused by her mother's boyfriend. Maya told her family and that man was put in jail for only one day. He was beaten to death a few days after being released from jail, which caused her to become mute for almost 5 years.

I think that with everything Maya Angelou has been ...

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She attended high school and worked very hard. She also received a scholarship to study dance and drama at the California Labor School. Maya had to drop out of high school to become San Francisco's first female, African-American streetcar conductor. Finally, she returned to school, even though she was pregnant, and still managed to graduate high school. At seventeen, Maya was a single mother, who worked numerous jobs, such as, being a cook, waitressing, and even prostituting, just to be able to support herself and her son.

Once again, I feel that in order to be able to make it through high school while being pregnant, is a very challenging task to complete. Apparently, Maya Angelou was able to accomplish this goal in her life. She was able to focus on school while having a baby inside of her. Not many young girls can focus on finishing school, if they become pregnant at an early age.

Her dream was to become a performer. Maya Angelou moved to Harlem, New York, where she ...

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Added: 12/13/2013 10:06:58 AM
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