Maya Angelou Storyboard

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A small life story of Maya Angelou.

Storyboard Text

  • This will be Marguerite Annie Johnson.
  • I'm leaving!
  • Me too! We will give Maya and Bailey to their grandmother.
  • I am okay physically, but I am too scared to talk.
  • Maya Angelou was born in 1928 as Marguerite Annie Johnson, but took the name Maya Angelou when she performed on Broadway in the 1950's.
  • I have been a mute for five years. This is enough! I need to make my voice heard.
  • In 1931, her parents split up and she and her older brother went to live with their grandmother.
  • ...and...then...the...
  • At age 7, she was raped by her grandmother's boyfriend, and became a mute out of pure fear. (Here there'll be a time lapse of her years of mutism.)
  • After five years of being mute, she decided to talk again. In the 1950's she got a job on Broadway, but decided later on that singing and dancing was not what she wanted to do to express herself. (Here, there'll be a short animation of an animatronic of her singing on Broadway.)
  • In 1969, she wrote her first book which was an autobiography called "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", and it was the first book to be written by an African American woman that reached the top of the bestsellers' list. (Here there'll be a computer generated time-lapse of her writing.)
  • After becoming a professional writer, she wrote six more autobiographies and even recited one of her poems at Bill Clinton's inauguration. After living a long life of writing and advocacy, she passed away in May 2014, and the nation was and still to this day is inspired by her civil activism and talent. (Here there'll be an aerial shot of dead Maya Angelou.)
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