Still I Rise: The Story of Maya Angelou by Waln Brown
Approx. 4,320 words.
Published on January 3, 2011.
Maya Angelou grew up experiencing discrimination and segregation. At the young age of eight, her mother's boyfriend raped Maya. At 16, she had a son. Maya turned to prostitution to support her son and to drugs to hide her shame. When she became involved in the Civil Rights Movement with Reverend Martin Luther King, she turned her life around and rose above her humble and troubled beginnings.