Born Marguerite Annie Johnson; (April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist.
She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years.
She was an actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs. Angelou publicly discussed aspects of her personal life.
She was respected as a spokesperson for black people and women, and her works have been considered a defense of black culture.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)
Gather Together in My Name (1974)
Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas (1976)
The Heart of a Woman (1981)
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986)
A Song Flung Up to Heaven (2002)
Mom & Me & Mom (2013)