Angelou, Maya – Author


The Maya Angelou mug is part of a biographical series profiling unique individuals who shaped the history of the United States.  An image of Maya Angelou and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Maya Angelou was a civil rights activist, singer, poet and author having written seven autobiographies, her first I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, brought international acclaim.  Her early life consisted of a series of occupations, including fry cook, sex worker, a nightclub dancer, and actor.  Maya Angelou worked as a journalist in Africa and as a civil rights activist with Martin Luther King.  Maya received the lifetime Reynolds Professorship in American Studies at Wake Forest University and considered herself “a teacher who writes.”

Maya Angelou came from a broken home.  At age 8 she was sexually abused by her mother՚s boyfriend, resulting in her becoming mute for five years. It was during this period of silence she developed her love of books and her extraordinary memory.  She has received more than 50 honorary degrees and dozens of awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

This Maya Angelou History Mug is part of our biographical author series which includes many unique individuals who played an important part in molding our U.S. history.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.
  • Shipping charges are lower when buying multiple mugs.

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