Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Johnson (1928–2014). Author and a poet. She has published autobiographies, essays, poetry books, and starred in plays, movies, & TV shows spanning 50+ years. She has received dozens of awards & 30+ honorary doctorates. She is known for her autobiographies, including "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", which brought her international recognition & acclaim. She is a spokesperson of Black people & women, and her works have been considered a defense of Black culture.