Maya Angelou
Portrait of Maya Angelou.

"Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise"


Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson,was born on April 4th, 1928 and died on May 28, 2014. Maya Angelou published several written pieces such as autobiographies, essays, and poetry. The latter of which she is most well-known for. Angelou has also worked as an actress and a singer.

Angelou was also a civil rights activist. She lived her life fighting for and with others. She has worked with fellow civil rights activists in the U.S and in Africa. She proved her ability and determination for civil rights by organizing events for the cause.

Collection Pieces from the New-York Historical Society

Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein

Selma March Photos