Some may remember her for her dramatic roles in film and theater. We now know her for her poem On the Pulse of the Morning, which she delivered at the inauguration of President Clinton, and her masterpiece of literature, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Always evolving toward her ultimate art form, Maya Angelou now most profoundly influences the world with her writing. Yet, throughout her career, she was always involved in civil rights. Angelou became friends with a young Malcolm X and worked for Dr. Martin Luther King. Even James Baldwin influenced her to turn to writing as a career.
Stemming from her involvement in civil rights and fueled by her love for all humanity, she has always worked tirelessly to span the gaps of race and gender.
Now Angelou is working on another project, the Maya Angelou Center for Women’s Health and Wellness, located in her hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C. The goals of the center are educating women on healthy living and achieving equality in women’s health care.