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Maya Angelou was born on 4 April, 1928, in Missouri, U.S. Her real name was Marguerite Annie Johnson.
Her older brother gave her the nickname "Maya" when she was a child, which means "My Sister".
Maya did not attend college, but she received more than 30 honorary degrees from different universities.
She was the first black woman to work as a female streetcar conductor in San Francisco.
Maya stopped celebrating her birthday after 1968 because Martin Luther King Jr. died on the same day.
At 8, she was raped by her mother's BF. Later, the accused was probably killed by her relatives. The incident made Maya mute for almost 5 years.
She had knowledge of 5 other languages besides English. Which are Spanish, French, Arabic, Italian, and West African Fenty.
Maya Angelou was the first black woman in American history to have her picture printed on a US currency.
In 2000, she received the "National Medal of Arts" from Bill Clinton.
Maya Angelou was also awarded the "Presidential Medal of Freedom" by Barack Obama in 2010.
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