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Maya Angelou: Mandela a modern-day David and Gideon

NEW YORK, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Nelson Mandela was a modern-day David who slew a mighty Goliath and a Gideon who freed the South African people, author, poet and activist Maya Angelou said.
Tracy Morgan enjoying return to stand-up comedy

Tracy Morgan enjoying return to stand-up comedy

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. comedian Tracy Morgan is returning to stand-up comedy but he says, even during his years on "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" he never left.

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Controversial quote removed from Martin Luther King Jr. memorial

Controversial quote removed from Martin Luther King Jr. memorial

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A controversially paraphrased quote on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington has been removed, the statue's sculptor said.
Controversial quote to be removed from MLK monument

Controversial quote to be removed from MLK monument

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- A controversially paraphrased quote on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., is being removed rather than replaced, officials said.
Arias sends upbeat tweet as prosecutors mull new sentencing trial

Arias sends upbeat tweet as prosecutors mull new sentencing trial

PHOENIX, May 28 (UPI) -- Convicted murderer Jodi Arias has sent out a message of optimism as prosecutors consider whether to hold a second trial on her sentencing.

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MLK memorial quote to be removed

MLK memorial quote to be removed

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A quote on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, which some say makes the civil rights leader appear arrogant, will be removed, officials said.

Literary figure Kathi Goldmark dead at 63

SAN FRANCISCO, May 27 (UPI) -- U.S. author and country-rock singer Kathi Kamen Goldmark died in San Francisco after a long battle with breast cancer, friends and family said. She was 63.

Why Johnny can’t pay his student loans

COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 1 (UPI) -- Many college graduates are trapped in positions that don't earn them enough money to repay their college loans -- the blame for that belongs in several laps.
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Maya Angelou ( /ˈmaɪ.ə ˈændʒəloʊ/; born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928) is an American author and poet who has been called "America's most visible black female autobiographer" by scholar Joanne M. Braxton. She is best known for her series of six autobiographical volumes, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first and most highly acclaimed, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her first seventeen years. It brought her international recognition, and was nominated for a National Book Award. She has been awarded over 30 honorary degrees and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie.

Angelou was a member of the Harlem Writers Guild in the late 1950s, was active in the Civil Rights movement, and served as Northern Coordinator of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Since 1991, she has taught at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she holds the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies. Since the 1990s she has made around eighty appearances a year on the lecture circuit. In 1993, Angelou recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Bill Clinton's inauguration, the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961. In 1995, she was recognized for having the longest-running record (two years) on The New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller List.

With the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou was heralded as a new kind of memoirist, one of the first African American women who was able to publicly discuss her personal life. She is highly respected as a spokesperson for Black people and women. Angelou's work is often characterized as autobiographical fiction. She has, however, made a deliberate attempt to challenge the common structure of the autobiography by critiquing, changing, and expanding the genre. Her books, centered on themes such as identity, family, and racism, are often used as set texts in schools and universities internationally. Some of her more controversial work has been challenged or banned in US schools and libraries.

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