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1928- Maya Angelou is born in St. Louis, Missouri.
1942- Angelou dropped out of school to become San Francisco’s first African-American female car conductor.
1957- Recorded her first album, "Calypso Lady."
1960- Angelo moved to Cairo, Egypt where she served as editor of the English language weekly The Arab Observer.
1964- Returned to America to help Malcolm X build his new organization of African American Unity.
1982- Joined the faculty at Wake Forest University as a Professor of American Studies.
1995- Won Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Or Non-Musical Album for “Phenomenal Woman.”
1996- Directed her first feature film, Down in the Delta.
2000- Awarded the Presidential Medal of arts.
2002- Won Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album with “A Song Flung Up To Heaven.”
2011- Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at the White House.
May 28, 2014- Maya Angelou passes away in her Winston Salem home
2011- Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
1950s - Nightclub performer at the Purple Onion in San Francisco, Mr. Kelly's in Chicago, and Blue Angel and Village Vanguard in New York.
1975-1976 - Member of National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year.
1993 - Recites her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton
2013 - Her eighth autobiographical book, "Mom & Me & Mom", a tribute to her mother and grandmother, is published.
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