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POETRY PUBLISHED - RANDOM HOUSE & BANTAM BOOKS
2014
Author His Day Is Done, A Nelson Mandela Tribute
2006
Author Mother, A Cradle to Hold Me / Best-seller list for The New York Times.
2006
Author Celebrations, Rituals of Peace & Prayer / Extended Best-seller list for The New York Times
2005
Author - Read by her at the lighting of the Pageant of Peace, National Christmas Tree Ceremony at the White House on December 1, 2005 Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem / Best-seller list for The New York Times
1995
Author A Brave and Startling Truth / Recited at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the United Nation
1995
Author Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women
1994
Author The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou
1993
Author / Written at the request of William Jefferson Clinton for his Inauguration as the 42nd President of the United States, January 20, 1993 On the Pulse of Morning / on The New York Times Best-seller list for 9 weeks.
1990
Author I Shall Not Be Moved
1983
Author Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing?
1978
Author And Still I Rise
1975
Author Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well
1971
Author Just Give Me A Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diie / a best-seller and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize
WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
19822014
Reynolds Professorship for American Studies Winston-Salem, North Carolina USA
PERSONAL ESSAYS PUBLISHED - RANDOM HOUSE & BANTAM BOOKS
2013
Author Mom & Me & Mom
2010
Author Great Food All Day Long: Cook Splendidly, Eat Smart,
Author Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now / 1993 and 1994, on The New York Times Best-seller list.
2008
Author Letter to My Daughter / The New York Times Best–seller list, October to December 2008
2004
Author Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes / The New York Times Best-seller list
1998
Author Even the Stars Look Lonesome / Jumped from #79 to #22 on the extended list for The New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Best-seller list.
CHILDREN'S BOOKS PUBLISHED - RANDOM HOUSE BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
2012
Author Maya’s World: Izak of Lapland
2012
Author Maya’s World: Renée Marie of France
2012
Author Maya’s World: Mikale of Hawaii
2004
Author Maya’s World: Angelina of Italy
TELEVISION AND MOVIE WORK
2010
Lyricist (("We Dreamed These Days") Michael Feinstein's American Songbook
2006
Acted in the role of “Aunt May" “Madea’s Family Reunion,” movie
2005
Host CMT: 20 Greatest Songs of Faith
Author - 30 half-hour segments "Humanities Through the Arts"
2003
Spokesperson Heart Health for the Generations
2000
Acted in the role of the Fairy Godmother Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child
2000
Acted in the role of Conjure Woman The Runaway / CBS/Hallmark Movie
19932000
Appeared as herself in 5 episodes Sesame Street
1999
Appeared as herself Moesha / WB TV
1998
Directorial film debut Down in the Delta / Miramax Films
1995
Acted in the role of Anna How to Make An American Quilt / Universal Pictures
Writer, executive producer "Three Way Choice," - CBS Miniseries
1995
Acted in the role of Clarice Mitchell Touched By An Angel, "Tree of Life" episode
1994
Voiceover Arthur Ashe: Citizen of the World
1993
Acted in the role of Lelia Mae There Are No Children Here
1990
Writer Oprah Winfrey series "Brewster Place"
1982
Producer Sister, Sisters / NBC
1979
Screenplay co-author I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings / movie, CBS
1977
Writer (Soliloquy), acted in the role of Willie's The Richard Pryor Special?
1977
Acted in the role of Nyo Boto (Grandmother) Alex Haley's Roots / Yaisa, Hollywood, California USA
1976
Writer, host ; Part One: "The Legacy," Part Two: "The Inheritors" Two programs for the United States Information Agency
1976
Director Visions
1975
Writer, director - two plays for national viewing; Tapestry and Circles Maryland Public Television - Tapestry and Circles
1975
Writer of six national one half-hour programs; interviews and profiles; "Assignment America"
1975
Maya Angelou: Rainbow in the Clouds PBS Documentary - WTVS-TV, Detroit, Michigan
1975
"Who Cares About Kids" & "Kindred Spirits" PBS Documentary - KERA-TV, Dallas, Texas
1975
To the Contrary Maryland Public Television
1974
Writer/director -produced by American Film Institute, Los Angeles, California USA All Day Long
1972
Author, Swedish-American drama film Georgia, Georgia
1968
Writer, producer, director - ten one-hour programs (NET-TV) National Education Television; "Black, Blues, Black"
1963
Contributor Ghanaian Broadcasting Corporation
AUTOBIOGRAPHIES PUBLISHED - RANDOM HOUSE & BANTAM BOOKS
2004
Author The Complete Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou
2002
Author A Song Flung Up To Heaven / Currently on The New York Times Best-Seller List for Hardcover Nonfiction
1986
Author All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes / Best-seller list on The New York Times.
1981
Author The Heart of A Woman / Selected for Oprah Book Club
1976
Author Singin' And Swinging' And Getting' Merry Like Christmas
1974
Author Gather Together In My Name
1970
Author I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing
POETRY PUBLISHED - LIFE MAGAZINE'S COLLECTOR'S EDITION
1997
Author Extravagant Spirits
POETRY PUBLISHED - E.P. DUTTON / DIAL BOOKS
19871997
Author Now Sheba Sings the Song
CHILDREN'S BOOKS PUBLISHED - KNOPF BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
1996
Author Kofi and His Magic
1994
Author My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken and Me
CHILDREN'S BOOKS PUBLISHED - STEWART, TABORI & CHANG
1993
Author Life Doesn’t Frighten Me
PLAYS PUBLISHED
1993
Author of poems for screenplay Poetic Justice
1990
Author of lyrics / Music by Richard Blackford King - A Musical Testimony
1983
Playwright Theatrical Vignette / one-act play
1976
Author and director And Still I Rise / Produced in Oakland, California (Oakland Ensemble Theater)
1974
Adapter Sophocles "Ajax" / two-act drama), produced at Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles
1967
Author Adjoa Amissah / Two-act musical
1967
Author Gettin' up Stayed on My Mind
1966
Author The Clawing Within
1966
Author The Least of These / (two-act drama), produced in Los Angeles
1966
Author The Best of These / two-act drama
1960
Author - Produced off-Broadway (in collaboration with Godfrey Cambridge) Cabaret For Freedom
STAGE WORK
1988
Director Moon On A Rainbow Shawl - Almeida Theatre, London, England United Kingdom
1973
Acted in the role of Mrs. Keckley Jerome Kilty's Look Away - Broadway, New York, New York USA
1964
Acted in the title role Bertold Brecht's Mother Courage - Off-Broadway, New York, New York USA
1960
Acted in the role of the White Queen Jean Genet's The Blacks - Off-Broadway, New York, New York USA (1961 Obie Award for Best Broadway Play)
1957
Appeared in an off-Broadway revue in which she sang and performed her own compositions Calypso Heat Wave
19541955
Performed in the role of Ruby George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess - European tour

Directorships

1975
American Film Institute Board of Trustees
1998
Winston Salem State University, Maya Angelou Institute for the Improvement of Child and Family Education Board of Governors

Professional memberships

Directors Guild of America Los Angeles, California USA Member
1996
Doctors Without Borders New York, New York USA Member
National Society of Collegiate Scholars Washington, District of Columbia USA Member
AFTRA (American Federation Television Radio Artists) Los Angeles, California USA Member
Actors Equity Association New York, New York USA Member
Harlem Writer's Guild New York, New York USA

Professional affiliations

Bennett College Greensboro, North Carolina Member, Board of Trustees
First Commercial Bank Little Rock, Arkansas USA Member, Advisory Board
Woman's Prison Association New York, New York USA Advisory Board
Clinton Global Initiative New York, New York USA Member
W.E.B. DuBois Foundation, Inc. Amherst, Massachusetts USA Member
2001
US Holocaust Memorial Museum Committee Washington, District of Columbia USA Induction
1998
National Women’s Hall of Fame Seneca Falls, New York USA Induction
1992
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children London, England United Kingdom Named a center for her, The Maya Angelou C.P.T. and Family Centre / opened with her cutting the ribbon
1975
The National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year Washington, District of Columbia USA Member

Accomplishments of note

2012
Established: Novant Health Maya Angelou Women’s Health & Wellness Center Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
2000
Created: line of greeting cards and household items for Hallmark
Member: American Revolution Bicentennial Council Year: 1975-1976 Appointed by President Gerald Ford
1995
Delivered: "From a Black Man to a Black Woman," Million Man March Washington, District of Columbia USA
1995
Delivered “A Brave and Startling Truth” in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations New York City, New York USA
1993
Inaugural poet: recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton Washington, District of Columbia USA
1986
Distinguished Lecturer: Fulbright Program 40th Anniversary United States Department of State Recognition by the U.S. Department of State for African Americans who have contributed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries
1981
Lifetime Appointee: the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies, Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, North Carolina USA
1978
Served: on the Presidential Commission for International Women’s Washington, District of Columbia USA Appointed by former President Jimmy Carter
1978
Served: on the Presidential Commission for International Women’s Year of President Jimmy Carter Washington, District of Columbia USA
1975
Resident: Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Bellagio, Italian Republic Competitive residency program at the foundation's property inBellagio, Italy, where scholars and artists from all over the world work on projects of their own choosing for a period of four weeks
Member: American Revolution Bicentennial Council Year: 1975-1976 Appointed by President Gerald Ford. The council developed and planned activities and events celebrating the 200th anniversary of the American Revolution
1972
Pioneer: Georgia, Georgia was the first screenplay written by a black woman Kingdom of Sweden
1970
Chubb Fellowship Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut USA Provides the recipient with an opportunity to make a public address open to the Yale andNew Haven communities, as well as a meal, reception, or seminar with groups of students and faculty
1960
Co-Organizer: Cabaret for Freedom to benefit the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Named Northern Coordinator  for the SCLC by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Professional honors and awards

2013
Literarian Award National Book Foundation Enhancing the literary world during a lifetime of service
2013
Norman Mailer Prize The Norman Mailer Center and The Norman Mailer Writers Colony Lifetime Achievement
2013
Lifetime Achievement Award Congressional Black Caucus
2012
Literary Arts Award B.E.T. Television
2010
Presidential Medal of Freedom President Barack Obama-
2009
Literary Award Black Caucus of the American Library Association Recognizing excellence in adult fiction and nonfiction written by African Americans
2008
Marian Anderson Award Marian Anderson Award Board of Directors Honoring "artists whose leadership benefits humanity".
2008
Inductee: International Civil Rights Walk of Fame / Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc. Honors civil rights icons
2008
Gracie Allen Award (Gracie) The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) Individual Achievement Award for Outstanding Host for the weekly XM Radio Program, the Dr. Maya Angelou Show
2008
Voice of Peace Award / first recipient of award Hope for Peace and Justice Center In recognition of a life lived in the pursuit of peace and justice
2008
Lincoln Medal Ford's Theatre For exemplifying the legacy and character embodied by President Abraham Lincoln
2007
Medal of Honor Award (the first time award presented to someone outside Spain) Cristóbal Gabarrón Foundation / The first time award presented to someone outside Spain In recognition of her work in poetry, literature, film, speaking, etc.
2006
Mother Teresa Award St. Bernadette Institute of Sacred Art For her untiring devotion and service to humanity
2006
The Quill Award The Quills Foundation Poetry: Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem
2004
Charles Evans Hughes Award National Conference for Community and Justice In recognition of her civic and humanitarian contributions
2002
Lifetime Achievement Award Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy
2002
The National Medal of Arts President of the United States Bill Clinton In recognition of her contribution to the arts and culture
2002
Grammy Award The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Best Spoken Word Album: A Song Flung Up to Heaven
1999
Christopher Award The Christophers In recognition of her directorial debut
1999
Shelia Award Tubman African American Museum Recognizing an extraordinary black woman of achievement
1998
Inducted for making contributions to society and for the freedom and progress of women. National Women's Hall of Fame
1997
NAACP Image Award American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Outstanding Literary Work: Even the Stars Get Lonesome
1997
Distinguished Merit Citation National Conference of Christians & Jews
1995
Frank G. Wells American Teachers Award Recognizing those outside the teaching profession who teach
1995
Grammy Award The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Album: Performance of her poem Phenomenal Woman
1994
Spingarn Medal National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) For outstanding achievement by an African American
1993
Grammy Award The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Best Spoken Word Album: Inaugural poem On The Pulse of Morning
1992
Horatio Alger Award Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Yearly award to those "who have overcome adversity and made significant contributions in their fields"
1992
Crystal Award Women In Film & Television International (WIFTI) Honors women who have helped expand the role of women in entertainment
1991
Langston Hughes Medal City College of New York Awarded to African-American writers who explore their cultural heritage
1990
"Golden Plate" Award The Academy of Achievement Given for accomplishments in the sciences, business, industry, arts, literature, sports, entertainment, and public service
1990
Candace Women of Achievement Award National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) Given to African-American women for leadership and achievement
1986
Fulbright Program 40th Anniversary Distinguished Lecturer United States Department of State Recognition or African Americans who have contributed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries
1983
Top 100 Most Influential Women Ladies' Home Journal
1976
"Woman of the Year in Communication" Award Ladies' Home Journal

Community

Community service

2008
Hands on Nashville Nashville, Tennessee USA Advisory Board
Cheerful Givers Eagan, Minnesota USA Supporter
1996
United Nations Initiative for Children New York City, New York USA Ambassador, UNICEF International

Community honors and awards

2012
Inductee: North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame North Carolina Writers' Network
2012
Inductee: "Words Awake, A Celebration of Wake Forest Writers and Writing" Hall of Fame Wake Forest University
2012
Black Cultural Society Award Elon University, Elon, North Carolina USA For humanitarian contributions for the promotion of world cultures
2011
Key and Proclamation to the District of Columbia, City of Washington Mayor Vincent C. Gray
2010
Mosaic Woman Legend Award Diversity Magazine
2009
Outstanding Literary Work National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Non-fiction: Letter to My Daughter
2008
NAACP Image Award National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) For: Letter to My Daughter
1999
Named one of the top 100 Best Writers of the 20th Century Writer's Digest
1998
American Airlines Audience,Gold Plaque Choice Award Chicago International Film Festival For: Down in the Delta
1998
Alston/Jones International Civil & Human Rights Award International Civil Rights Center and Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina USA
1998
City Proclamation, Winston-Salem, North Carolina USA Mayor Jack Cavanaugh
1997
Expert-in-Residence Program W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, Michigan USA
1997
Cultural Keepers Award Black Caucus of American Library Association
1997
North Carolina Woman of the Year Award North Carolina Black Publishers Association
1996
The New York Black 100 Schomburg Center & The Black New Yorkers
1996
National Award Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Los Angeles & Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Association
1993
Inductee: Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation
1992
Distinguished Woman of North Carolina Award North Carolina Council for Women Honors women who make major contributions in the arts, business, education, government, recreation, or volunteerism
1992
Woman of the Year Essence Magazine
1987
The North Carolina Award in Literature State of North Carolina Highest honor bestowed by North Carolina; recognizes residents for contributions in scholarship, research, the fine arts, and public leadership
1983
The Matrix Award New York Women in Communication, Inc.
Nationality
American
Politics
Democrat
Denomination
Christian

Education

Primary school
Public schools
Stamps, Arkansas USA
Secondary school
George Washington High School Oakland, California USA Class of 1943
Native language
English
Other languages
Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic, and Fanti (West African)

Honorary Degrees

2011
University of Redlands Apple Valley, California USA Doctor of Humane Letters
2009
Kean University Hillside, New Jersey USA
2008
Shenandoah University Winchester, Virginia USA Doctor of Humane Letters
2007
University of Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota USA Doctor of Humane Letters
2007
Chapman University Orange, California USA Doctor of Humane Letters
2005
University of Michigan Dearborn, Michigan USA Doctor of Humanities
2003
University of Illinois Urbana, Illinois USA Doctor of Humane Letters
2003
Eastern Connecticut University Willimantic, Connecticut USA Doctor of Humane Letters
2003
Columbia University New York, New York USA Doctor of Letters
2001
Hope College Holland, Michigan USA Doctor of Letters
1999
San Diego State University San Diego, California USA Doctor of Humane Letters
1999
Lafayette College Easton, Pennsylvania USA Doctor of Letters
1997
Bates College Lewiston, Maine USA Doctor of Humane Letters
1997
Shaw University Raleigh, North Carolina USA
1995
University of Durham Durham, County Durham United Kingdom Doctor of Letters
1994
Bowie State University Bowie, Maryland USA
1994
American Film Institute Los Angeles, California USA AFI Honorary Degree
1993
University of the Pacific Stockton, California USA Doctor of Humane Letters
1993
Academy of Southern Arts & Letters
1993
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, North Carolina USA
1993
Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, New York USA Doctor of Letters
1992
Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts USA Doctor of Fine Arts
1989
University of Southern California Los Angeles, California USA Doctor of Literature
1988
North Carolina School of the Arts Winston-Salem, North Carolina USA
1987
Mount Holyoke College Hadley, Massachusetts USA Doctor of Humane Letters
1986
North Carolina School of the Arts Winston-Salem, North Carolina USA
1985
Rollins College Winter Park, Florida USA Doctor of Humane Letters
1985
University of Vermont Burlington, Vermont USA
1985
Tufts University Medford, Massachusetts USA Doctor of Fine Arts
1984
University Brunesis
1984
Winston-Salem State University Winston-Salem, North Carolina USA
1983
Boston College Boston, Massachusetts USA Doctor of Humane Letters
1983
Spelman College Atlanta, Georgia USA
1982
Claremont Graduate School Claremont, California USA
1982
Kean College of New Jersey Union, New Jersey USA
1982
Morgan State University Baltimore, Maryland USA
1981
Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts USA
1980
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Pine Bluff, Arkansas USA
1979
Occidental College 1979 Los Angeles, California USA
1979
Columbia College Chicago, Illinois USA Doctor of Letters
1977
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, North Carolina USA
1976
Lawrence University Appleton, Wisconsin USA Doctor of Letters
1975
Mills College Oakland, California USA
1975
Smith College Northhampton, Massachusetts USA Doctor of Letters
1973
Portland State University Portland, Oregon USA

Family

Vital statistics

Birth information
April 4, 1928
Gender
Female
Place of birth
St. Louis, Missouri USA
Death
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Place of death
Winston-Salem, North Carolina USA
Final rest
Ashes scattered—
Marital status
Divorced

Marriage

19731981
Paul DuFeu        
19601963
Vusumzi Make 
19501952
Tosh Angelos 

Partnership

1 child Guy Johnson (1943)

Grandchildren & Great-grandchildren

Grandchildren
1
Great-grandchildren
2

Parents

Father
Bailey JOHNSON
Mother
Vivian Althea (Baxter) Johnson

Grandparents

Father's mother
Annie Henderson
Mother's father
Thomas BAXTER (1870 - 1934)
Mother's mother
Marguerite Seamus

Ancestry

African American