Her elder brother named her Maya, which was his interpretation of ‘My Sister’.
She dropped out of school to become San Francisco’s first African-American female cable car conductor, while she was still in her teenage.
She left her home to bring up her son as a single mother, working as a cook and waitress.
She started her career as a nightclub singer. During this period, she was recognized by her stage name, Maya Angelou.
She performed in an off-Broadway play, ‘Calypso Heat Wave’.