1928 - Marguerite Johnson was born 4th of April in St. Louis, Missouri.
1969 - Worked for her autobiographical writings I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
1971 - Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for he work Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die.
- Wrote the screenplay and score for the film Georgia, Georgia the screenplay was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
1973 - Nominated for a Tony Award for Look Away.
1976 - Directed an episode of the award-winning television anthology series, "Visions."
1981 - Appointed to a lifetime position as the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.
1986 - Wrote the All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes.
1993 - Became only the second poet in U.S. History to have the honor of writing and reciting original work at the Presidential Inauguration.
- Angelou recieved Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for On the Pulse of Morning.
1994 - She received the Spingarn Medal.
1995 - Starred in movie "How to Make an American Quilt" as Anna.
1998 - Directed the feature film, Down in the Delta, starring Alfre Woodard.
2005 - Honored by Oprah Winfrey at her Legends Ball along with 25 other African-American.
2006 - Appeared in Tyler Perry's "Madea's Family Reunion".
2014 - Angelou died on the morning of May 28, 2014. She was found by her nurse. Although Angelou had reportedly been in poor health and had canceled recent scheduled appearances, she was working on another book, an autobiography about her experiences with national and world leaders. During her memorial service at Wake Forest University, her son Guy Johnson stated that despite being in constant pain due to her dancing career and respiratory failure, she wrote four books during the last ten years of her life. He said, "She left this mortal plane with no loss of acuity and no loss in comprehension".
Tributes to Angelou and condolences were paid by artists, entertainers, and world leaders, including President Bill Clinton, and President Barack Obama, whose sister was named after Angelou. Harold Augenbraum, from the National Book Foundation, said that Angelou's "legacy is one that all writers and readers across the world can admire and aspire to." The week after Angelou's death, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings rose to #1 on Amazon.com's bestseller list.
On May 29, 2014, Mount Zion Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, of which Angelou was a member for 30 years, held a public memorial service to honor Angelou. On June 7, a private memorial service was held at Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. The memorial was shown live on local stations in the Winston-Salem/Triad area and streamed live on the university web site with speeches from her son, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and Bill Clinton. On June 15, a memorial was held at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, where Angelou was a member for many years. Rev. Cecil Williams, Mayor Ed Lee, and former mayor Willie Brown spoke.
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