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Dr Maya Angelou was one of the world's most important writers and activists. Born 4 April 1928, she lived and chronicled an extraordinary life: rising from poverty, violence and racism, she became a renowned author, poet, playwright, civil rights' activist - working with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King - and memoirist. She wrote and performed a poem, 'On the Pulse of Morning', for President Clinton on his inauguration; she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and was honoured by more than seventy universities throughout the world. She first thrilled the world with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). This was followed by six volumes of autobiography, the seventh and final volume, Mom & Me & Mom, published in 2013. She wrote three collections of essays; many volumes of poetry, including His Day is Done, a tribute to Nelson Mandela; and two cookbooks. She had a lifetime appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University of North Carolina. Dr Angelou died on 28 May 2014.

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Maya Angelou

MAYA ANGELOU ' poète, écrivaine, actrice, enseignante et réalisatrice ' a grandi à
Stamps, en Arkansas, puis a déménagé à San Francisco. La National Book
Foundation des États-Unis lui a décerné en 2013 son Prix littéraire pour le service
exceptionnel rendu à la communauté littéraire américaine. Auteur et humaniste
vénérée à travers le monde, Maya Angelou est surtout connue pour son
autobiographie révolutionnaire, Je sais pourquoi chante l'oiseau en cage, qui a ouvert
de nouvelles portes à la mémoire collective américaine. Les nombreux écrits de Maya
Angelou explorent des sujets tels que l'identité, le viol, le racisme, l'alphabétisation,
l'importance de la famille, et la quête de l'indépendance. En 2010, le président
Obama lui a décerné la médaille présidentielle de la Liberté (Presidential Medal of
Freedom), la plus haute distinction civile aux États-Unis.