By Donna Brown Agins
From the kid raised through her grandmother in a small village in Arkansas to the author referred to as nationwide Treasure, Angelou has lived a striking lifestyles. She rose from soreness and poverty to be successful as a dancer, an actress, a instructor and an award-winning writer. Readers of Donna Brown Agins's compelling new profile will comprehend and relish why Angelou is without doubt one of the best-loved and such a lot interesting American writers.
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Angelou played her part well and gained the respect of the other cast members. From the triumphant opening in Venice, the performers traveled to Paris. French audiences were so enthusiastic that the troupe extended its original three-week stay to several months. One evening after performing in Porgy and Bess, Angelou went to the Mars Club, a nightspot that featured black entertainment. Angelou was asked to sing. She was so successful, the manager offered her a job. She had to say no because Porgy and Bess did not end until 11:30 at night.
4 When Maya Angelou’s first concert at the Apollo opened at one o’clock in the afternoon, there were about forty people in a theater that could seat seven hundred. At first, the group did not respond enthusiastically to her performance, but midway through the show they warmed up to her voice. ” The word uhuru means freedom in several African languages. Angelou told the audience that if they really wanted freedom from racial injustice, they must sing “Uhuru” along with her. Their loud response showed they were passionate about freedom.
Finally, two months later, she had enough money to book return passage on a ship to the United States. After several weeks of traveling by boat, train, and automobile, Angelou arrived in San Francisco. When he saw her, Clyde jumped into her arms and did not leave her side. Angelou’s mother welcomed her by heaping praise and affection on her. Angelou spent the first day giving gifts and telling stories about her time away. But mostly she talked about how much she missed Clyde. Angelou also learned that her beloved brother, Bailey, was serving time in prison for selling stolen goods.
Maya Angelou. A Biography of an Award-Winning Poet and Civil Rights Activist by Donna Brown Agins