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Maya Angelou was an author, actress and performer, and civil rights activist. Maya Angelou's real name is Marguerite Annie Johnson Angelou. "Maya Angelou" by ABC-CLIO American history provides that Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri. Maya had a painful childhood starting with her parents divorcing causing Maya and her older brother, Bailey, to move in with their father’s mother, Anne Henderson in Stamps, Arkansas. Maya was then raped by her mother’s boyfriend when she was around eight years old. Her uncle was accused of killing the man. After this experience, Maya had her son, Guy Johnson in 1944 when she was just 16 years old. Maya worked several jobs to provide for her son and started to perform on Broadway in the 1950s. In the 1960s, Maya traveled abroad to Egypt and Ghana as a writer and editor. From there, Maya started writing her literature. Maya is known for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maya Angelou died on May 28, 2014 in her home in Winston- Salem, North Carolina from health issues.