She Partnered With Malcolm X to Fight For Black People.
In 1964, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Angelou, who was living in Accra, Ghana, met Malcolm X while he was visiting there. She decided to accompany Malcolm back to the United States to help him build his expanding Organization of Afro-American Unity. Malcolm was assassinated in 1965 shortly after her arrival.
SCLC, an organization co-founded by Martin Luther King Jr. that advocated nonviolence, was instrumental in arranging protests and voter registration drives during the Civil Rights Movement. Before becoming an SCLC member, Angelou arranged the Cabaret for Freedom, a five-week show that raised money for the organization.
After the success of the musical revue, she was asked to become the Northern coordinator of the SCLC, and was instrumental in fundraising and promoting the organization’s mission.
King called upon Angelou to spearhead a march in 1968, however, it was postponed after King was assassinated on April 4, the day of her 40th birthday. Angelou chose not to celebrate her birthday for several years after King’s death as the memories were too painful for her.