To support her son, she danced in night clubs, cooked at a Creole cafe, and removed paint at a body shop.
How Old Was Maya Angelou When She Died at the age of 86.
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Her experiences in the civil rights movement were a focus of a later autobiography, The Heart of a Woman 1981.
While Angelou was performing in clubs around California, she met many influential artists and writers, including Langston Hughes and novelist John Oliver Killens.
On June 15, a memorial was held at in San Francisco, where Angelou was a member for many years.
In the early 1960s, she met South African freedom fighter and civil rights advocate Vusumzi Make, a leader of the Pan Africanist Congress who was then living in New York City.
She appeared in Porgy and Bess, which gave performances in twenty-two countries.