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    1949 – Maya marries a Greek man, Tosh Angelos, whom she takes the name Angelou. The relationship ends three years later.

    1953 – Maya performs at the Purple Onion nightclub in San Francisco, specializing in Calypso songs and dances.

    1954-1955 - she plays a part in “Porgy and Bess” and goes for a 22-country tour of Europe and Africa.

    1959 – at the request of Martin Luther King, Jr. Maya Angelou becomes the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

    1960 – Maya marries South African freedom fighter Vusumi Make.

    1961-1962 – she moves to Africa with Guy and Make and becomes an associate editor of “The Arab Observer” in Cairo in Egypt (the only English-language news weekly in the Middle East).

    1963-1965 – Maya serves as assistant administrator at the School of Music and Drama, University of Ghana.

    1964 - 1966 - she is feature editor of the “African Review” in Accra in Ghana.

    1973 – Maya marries Paul du Feu and they settle in Berkeley in California. She separates from him in 1981.

    1974 – Maya Angelou returnes to the USA.

    1975 - she receives the Ladies' Home Journal Woman of the Year Award in communications. The same year she is appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the National Commission on the Observance of International Woman's Year and by President Ford to the American Revolutionary Bicentennial Advisory Council.

    1981 – Maya Angelou receives a lifetime appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

    1983 – she is named among the One Hundred Most Influential American Women.

    1993 - at the request of President Bill Clinton Angelou writes and delivers a poem, "On the Pulse of the Morning", at his presidential inauguration.
    Currently Maya Angelou is Reynolds professor of American History at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and makes regular lecture and speaking tours.

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