Maya Angelou was a civil rights activist, poet, and author. As an African American, she had a difficult childhood, with racial prejudice and discrimination. She suffered abuse from a family associate when only 7 years old.
She is best known for her memoirs, 1969, in the book ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’; which made literary history as the first nonfiction bestseller by an African American woman.
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