Famous Arkansan: Maya Angelou

Zoie Clift


Several well-known people
have roots in Arkansas. The list runs the gamut from Johnny Cash to Jermain
Taylor. Check here every Monday as we highlight a new Famous Arkansan each
week. Today,

Meet: Maya Angelou

‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people
will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel’-
Maya Angelou

Since this past weekend
hosted the Arkansas Literary Festival, I wanted to highlight an influential Arkansas
author. African-American poet, actress, and singer Maya Angelou (born 1928) was
raised in Stamps. She was a National Book Award nominee for her
autobiographical “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” (1970), a Pulitzer
Prize nominee for “Just Give Me a Drink of Water Fore I Diiie” (1972)
and a Tony Award winner for her performance in “Look Away.” She also
received an Emmy nomination for her role in the television miniseries
“Roots” (1977).
Angelou worked for civil rights in the U.S. during the
1960s and was the second poet in the country to be selected to present an
inaugural poem reading “On the Pulse of Morning” at President
Clinton’s inauguration in 1993. 
The first was Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961.
For her work, she has been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame,
received the National Medal of Arts, and the prestigious Lincoln Medal. The
list of her published work includes more than 30 titles. 

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