Happy 20th day of National Poetry Month! And can you believe that there’s only 10 days left? Of course my favorite poem anthology won’t be much of an anthology without a poem by Maya Angelou.
Born Marguerite Johnson, Maya Angelou was a writer, professor, poet, playwright and a civil rights activist. She worked with Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. And is widely known and praised for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. First of six of her autobiographies.
She wrote and read On the Pulse of Morning at former president Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993. And was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010 by President Barack Obama.
Maya Angelou died on May 28, 2014 at the age of 86.
Although, they are some of my favorite poems from Maya Angelou. Today’s poem was one I stumbled upon and quickly became a favorite as well. Here’s The Mask, an adaptation of We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar.