“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
- Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou (1928 - ) is an African American poet and author whose six autobiographical novels earned her critical acclaim. The first volume, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) was one of the first by an African American woman to publicly discuss her personal life. She has been active in the Civil Rights movement, including active participation as a coordinator in Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In 2011 she was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama.