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Maya Angelou's Amazing Life

The poet and teacher tells her own story

A former poet laureate of the United States, Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the great voices of contemporary literature and a remarkable Renaissance woman. She is an educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright and civil-rights activist.


Patrick Schneider

In 2011, AARP paid Angelou its highest honor by presenting her with the Andrus Award, given to an individual who embodies the principles of AARP's founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus.

This video, "Maya Angelou's Uncaged Life," offers a very personal narrative that highlights the poet's own great storytelling skills.

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