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Maya Angelou

POET SPOTLIGHT:

About Maya Angelou

"Still I Rise"

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"Phenomenal Woman"

"Caged Bird"

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p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'} Maya Angelou was an American poet, author, director, and civil rights activist. Angelou is best known for her seven autobiographical books which discuss her experiences as a child and young adult. In particular, she received international acclaim and recognition for her bookI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). Angelou was active in the Civil Rights Movement and upon Martin Luther King Jr.’s request, she became coordinator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1959. She wrote and recited a poem at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993 at his request, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of freedom in 2010 by President Barack Obama.

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; min-height: 14.0px} An excerpt from "Still I Rise" by Maya AngelouYou may write me down in historyWith your bitter, twisted lies,You may trod me in the very dirtBut still, like dust, I’ll rise.Does my sassiness upset you?Why are you beset with gloom?’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wellsPumping in my living room.Just like moons and like suns,With the certainty of tides,Just like hopes springing high,Still I’ll rise.Did you want to see me broken?Bowed head and lowered eyes?Shoulders falling down like teardrops,Weakened by my soulful cries?Does my haughtiness offend you?Don’t you take it awful hard’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold minesDiggin’ in my own backyard..... p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'} I riseUp from a past that’s rooted in painI riseI’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.Leaving behind nights of terror and fearI riseInto a daybreak that’s wondrously clearI riseBringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,I am the dream and the hope of the slave.I riseI riseI rise.