Discover the power of words with Maya Angelou, bestselling author and America's most beloved modern poet.
Born in Missouri in 1928, Maya Angelou had a difficult childhood. Jim Crow laws segregated blacks and whites in the South. Her family life was unstable at times. But much like her poem, "Still I Rise," Angelou was able to lift herself out of her situation and flourish. She moved to California and became the first black-and first female-streetcar operator before following her interest in dance. She became a professional performer in her twenties and toured the U.S. and Europe as an opera star and calypso dancer. But Angelou's writing became her defining talent. Her poems and books, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, brought her international acclaim.
Ellen Labrecque was an editor and writer for Sports Illustrated for Kids. She knows kids and sports inside and out, and has covered most major sports. Her behind-the-scenes contacts will take readers on a stinky, gooey trip through American sports messes, leaving no moldy towel unturned!
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