As is the case with many of the most influential Black figures in history, Maya Angelou had a rough childhood. During her childhood, she was sexually assaulted by her mothers boyfriend. In retaliation, Angelou's uncle murdered the rapist, but Angelou was unfortunately scarred by both events and was virtually mute for about five years after. Thankfully she worked through her trauma, as she has blessed us with her true artistic talent. Through poems, books, acting, and screenplays, she exemplified being a well-rounded artist. She also was a strong civil rights activist, as she assisted Malcolm X in establishing the Organization of Afro-American Unity and was extremely close to Martin Luther King Jr. Explore her tale in more detail, while your kids color in a picture of Maya.