Maya Angelou was one of the greatest poets to ever live. She passed away on May 28, 2014 at 86-years-old in her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
One of Dr. Angelou’s most famous works is “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” The memoir portrayed the horrors she endured as a young girl – being abandoned by her parents, being raped by her mother’s boyfriend, living on the streets, enduring Jim Crow segregation, and becoming a teen mom.
With such extraordinary accomplishments, you’d be surprised to know that she experienced some pretty ordinary but noteworthy things:
1) She became the first female streetcar driver in San Francisco at age 16.
2) She studied dance and drama in San Francisco, but dropped out of high school before obtaining her diploma. She later returned to high school and received her degree.
3) Dance and drama never left her soul, she toured Europe in the mid-1950s in the production of “Porgy and Bess.”
4) Although referred to as Dr. Angelou, she never actually went to college. But she has received more than 30 honorary degrees and taught at Wake Forest University.
5) Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on her birthday.