Raised in Missouri and Arkansas, Angelo survived rape and stopped speaking for six years. Her frustrated family sent her to live with her grandmother, who luckily offered an astounding prediction. "When you and the good Lord get ready, sister, you gon' be a teacher. You gon' teach all over this world."
And that's exactly what she did, teaching poetry and literature, publishing more than 30 books (including 12 best-sellers) and even acting and directing. In 1993, Angelou became the second poet in U.S. history to recite original work at a presidential inauguration.
My Generation recently had the opportunity to sit down with this extraordinary teacher, civil rights and fearless storyteller.
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