Maya Angelou’s art collection sells nearly a year after her death

Born in St. Louis, Missouri on 4 April 1928 as Marguerite Annie Johnson, Maya Angelou died at the age of 86 on 28 May 2014 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was a brilliant woman of many talents and professions, of them are included: poet, author, playwright, professor, television/ film producer, actress, civil rights activist, and that is not all. She has received tons of awards and honorary degrees. She did not attend college; however, she attended George Washington high school, where she graduated after dropping out. She did receive a scholarship to study dance, yet did not attend college. Angelou worked as a cable car conductor before returning to school to graduate before birthing a son named Guy, when she was 16. Her most notable work, of her many books and poems, was the autobiographical work, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” She did indeed primarily write autobiographical works.

Her death took place more than a year ago and she is remembered as an iconic, astonishingly intelligent woman who definitely left her imprint. Today, the illustrious author is in the headlines again. Her art collection recently has been sold for almost 1.3 million dollars. This quilted story-telling painting was housed in Angelou’s home in Harlem, NY, according to the Huffington Post and is six square feet in length. The collection is hoped to bring “color” and “character” to others’ lives said Guy Johnson, Angelou’s son.


The quilt includes works like “Kumasi Market” by John Biggers, “Obeah’s choice” by Romare Barden, and more and even includes excerpts from Angelou’s own works like “The Heart of a Woman” and “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”


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Hi, I am Umar Siddiqui. I am currently a student at the University of California, Riverside majoring in Media and Cultural Studies. My areas of interest in studies are mainly communications, journalism, media, and cultural/ social issues. My hobbies are anything Disney, music, creative writing, fashion, friends, social activism, etc. I am a very sociable person who is outgoing and opinionated; making my opinions known is important to me. I recently completed a fashion journalism short course online at the University of the Arts London's London College of Fashion. I am anticipating to graduate with my Bachelor's of Arts degree spring of 2017.

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