This passage basically talks about Maya Angelou’s background life. It talks about her moving around from St. Louis, Missouri, Arkansas, and San Francisco. She studied dancing with Pearl Primus in New York, where she later appeared as a night club singer in New York and San Francisco. In the year 1970, she became a national celebrity with the publication of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, the first volume of her autobiography, which detailed her encounters with southern racism and a prepubescent rape by her mother’s boyfriend. Angelou pursued her passion in music, performance, poetry, and music, which included writing the first script by an African American woman to be filmed and subsequently nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1972. In 1971 she wrote Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Die: The Poetry of Maya Angelou; in 1975, Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well; in 1979, And Still I Rise; and in 1983, Shaker Why Don't You Sing? In 1977 she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Nyo Boto in the television adaptation of the bestselling novel Roots. In 1993 Angelou appeared in John Singleton's film Poetic Justice, then she directed her first feature film, Down in the Delta in 1996; and in 2008 she narrated the award-winning documentary The Black Candle.