Maya Angelou was an inspiring African- American woman. She was born on April 4, 1928 in Missouri. She was an activist, poet, dancer, and a writer! When she was little, she refused to talk for 5 ½ years because of a harsh event in her life. In 1931, when she was only three years old, her parents separated and she went to live with her brother and grandmother. Fortunately when she got older her luck changed. One day, she joined the Harlem Writers Guild. She also recited a poem at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration. Martin Luther King Jr. used to go around and say “You know I’m happy when Maya’s around!” Two weeks before his assassination he asked Maya to tour with him. Then he died on her birthday and she was heartbroken. Now, she is 80 years old and still living healthy and happy. This significant woman is inspiring younger children by telling them to chase their dream like she did to become famous. All her feats made her what she is today, from being a little girl in a small town to becoming a famous performer, poet, AND an activist.