During 19, Angelou toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess.She began her practice of learning the language of every country she visited, and in a few years she gained proficiency in several languages.
She was an actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs.
In 1982, she was named the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Her books center on themes such as racism, identity, family and travel.
to the harsh economics of African Americans of the time, Angelou's grandmother prospered financially during the Great Depression and World War II because the general store she owned sold needed basic commodities and because "she made wise and honest investments".
As Gillespie states, "If 1968 was a year of great pain, loss, and sadness, it was also the year when America first witnessed the breadth and depth of Maya Angelou's spirit and creative genius".
for National Educational Television, the precursor of PBS.Cabaret for Freedom to benefit the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and she was named SCLC's Northern Coordinator. Hagen, her contributions to civil rights as a fundraiser and SCLC organizer were successful and "eminently effective". Devastated and adrift, she joined her brother in Hawaii, where she resumed her singing career.She moved back to Los Angeles to focus on her writing career.Working as a market researcher in Watts, Angelou witnessed the riots in the summer of 1965.She acted in and wrote plays, and returned to New York in 1967.She was active in the Civil Rights Movement and worked with Martin Luther King Jr. Beginning in the 1990s, she made around 80 appearances a year on the lecture circuit, something she continued into her eighties.