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15 Most Interesting Facts About Maya Angelou You May Not Have Known

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She Received Honorary Doctorates From 30 Schools 

Angelou never attended college, but she received over 30 honorary doctoral degrees from universities all over the world. She preferred that folks outside her intimate circle of friends and family refer to her as “Dr. Angelou.”


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She Supported Cuban Leader Fidel Castro 

In the early 1960s, Angelou championed Fidel Castro’s rise to power in Cuba. Her first published story appeared in the Cuban periodical Revolucion.

In her 1981 book “The Heart of a Woman,” Angelou  wrote, “Of course, Castro never had called himself white, so he was OK from the git. Anyhow, America hated Russians, and as Black people often said, ‘Wasn’t no Communist country that put my grandpappa in slavery. Wasn’t no Communist lynched my poppa or raped my mamma.’”

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