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Things to Know About Maya Angelou's Hand's

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

Maya Angelou with her family
Maya Angelou with Air dominant Hands

" I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. " - Maya Angelou

Research has shown people with long thumbs as in Maya's hands, often reaching up to the knuckle of the index finger have, amazing willpower, and are the epitome of control. They are often gifted in different skills and have no particular passion. Longer thumbs are seen in self-made millionaires, farmers, busy mothers, and teachers.

Along with extraordinary drive, Maya Angelou has dominant Air Hands. This basically means she is of an intellectual nature and doesn't shy away from learning anything. Air hands have long fingers and longer palms.

Early Beginning of Maya Angelou

Poet and novelist Maya Angelou was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Her parents divorced when she was three, and she and her brother went to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. When she was eight, she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. When she revealed what happened, her uncles kicked the culprit to death. Frightened by the power of her own tongue, Angelou chose not to speak for the next five years.

Maya Angelou holds her hand for hand analysis
American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist.

From her unsettling beginnings emerged a young woman who sang, danced, and recorded poetry and left a long-lasting impact on the world. After moving to San Francisco with her mother and brother in 1940, Angelou began taking dance lessons, eventually auditioning for professional theater. However, her plans were put on hold when she had a son at age 16. She moved to San Diego, worked as a nightclub waitress, tangled with drugs and prostitution, and danced in a strip club. Ironically, the strip club saved her career: She was discovered there by a theater group.

She auditioned for an international tour of Porgy and Bess and won a role. From 1954 to 55, she toured 22 countries.

In 1959, she moved to New York, became friends with prominent Harlem writers, and also got involved with the civil rights movement. In 1961. Angelou moved to Ghana for a while, where a car accident severely injured her son. While caring for him in Ghana, she took a job at the African Review, where she stayed for several years. Her writing and personal development flourished under the African cultural renaissance that was taking place.

When she returned to the U.S., she began publishing her multivolume autobiography, starting with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Four more volumes appeared during the next two decades, as well as several books of poetry. In 1981, Angelou was appointed Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. She was nominated for several important awards and read a poem written for the occasion at President Clinton’s inauguration.

Angelou died on May 28, 2014, in North Carolina. She was 86 years old.

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