The first time I noticed Maya Angelou is when she read her poem, On the Pulse of Morning, at President Bill Clinton's inauguration on January 20, 1993. Since that time I have read several of her books and been struck by the fact that eventhough she had a rough early life, she was strong and rose above all the hurts and struggles. She was a singer-dancer in New York City. Her compassion and commitment lead her to respond to the fiery times by becoming the northern coordinator of Martin Luther King's history making quest. Later, she became a professor at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
I definitely recommend getting to know Maya Angelou through her books and you will be touched by her strength.
One of her poems from Phenomenal Women