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Maya Angelou

Courtesy of the Eva Jessye Collection, Pittsburg State University, Kansas; Special Collections Department, Leonard H. Axe Library.

The 1970s brought a new generation of African American women writers to international attention, winning more prizes, selling more books, producing more plays than ever before. In fact, in many ways black women are now leaders of the American literary community. Maya Angelou published her first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in 1970. Also a prolific poet, in 1993 she wrote and delivered the poem "On the Pulse of Morning" for President William Jefferson Clinton's first inauguration.

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