Salute To Iconic Women: Maya Angelou

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Mar. 24 2013, Published 5:00 a.m. ET

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           “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” -Maya Angelou

Occupation: Author, poet

How she made her mark: A world renowned author and poet, Maya Angelou has published six autobiographies, several books of poetry, and five books of essays. Her most notable works include her poems “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” and “Still I Rise.”

Born Marguerite Ann Johnson in St. Louis Missouri on April 4th, 1928, Maya Aneglou grew up always having a love for the arts.

Throughout her career she traveled all over the world, serving as an editor in Cairo, teaching in Ghana, and acting in New York.  A truly well rounded and gifted individual, Maya Angelou has mastered several languages including French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, and Fanti. Working with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Maya Angelou was active in the civil rights movement, even organizing Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. These are only a few of Maya Angelou’s many accomplishments. Through her creativity she has truly left her mark on the world. Thank you Maya! You are indeed a phenomenal woman.

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By: Diasia Robinson

Diasia Robinson is a journalist from Brooklyn, New York. She enjoys writing about travel, business, and women entrepreneurs. After subsequently working at ABC and Fox Business Network in NYC, she moved to Paris, France where she currently resides. There she is an English teaching assistant and writer. She contributes to BET Digital and is currently the Managing Editor of Her Agenda. Robinson is a graduate of Syracuse University. You can reach her directly at

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