Maya Angelou

"Phenomenal woman; that's me." - Maya AngelouAuthor, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson. Her older brother nicknamed her “Maya”, derived from “My” or “Mya Sister”. She had a tumultuous childhood, was the victim of child rape, and was mute for a period of five years. But as a child she also developed a love of literature and exceptional observation skills.

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