Maya Angelou
  • Born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Mo.
  • Served as a coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • Worked as editor in Egypt and Ghana in the 1960s
  • 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' published in 1969
  • First African-American female member of the Directors Guild of America
  • Recited a poem at Bill Clinton's 1993 inauguration
  • Won 3 Grammys, National Medal of Arts, Presidential Medal of Freedom