Do you know that Maya Angelou, the most dynamic African-American woman of the 20th century, who sadly passed in 2014, married Greek electrician, former sailor, and aspiring musician Tosh Angelos, despite the condemnation of interracial relationships at the time?
Back in 1951, despite the outrage from her mother and against all the taboos at the time, she married someone like us! She married a very handsome and charming Greek sailor, aspiring musician and electrician named Tosh Angelos. This story explains why her surname is Greek.
Although people don’t know many details about her relationship with Tosh, it was said to be sensational. Of course, their relationship was most likely exciting and passionate. However, it was likely their rebellion against hard, racist acts of the time that inspired them.
Sadly, after just three years of marriage, they filed for a divorce. It was during this period that she became truly recognized for her excellent artistic work.
People took comfort in knowing that she lived her life to the full and did things that many others wouldn’t dare to. It’s impossible to list everything that she did, so below we’ve summarized some of her best bits.
At the young age of 14, she became the first female to drive a cable car.
Maya was the first African-American women to write a TV screenplay. She also composed the music. Her work on ‘Georgia Georgia that’ was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.
She studied the art of modern dance and danced with the likes of Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham.
Famous ‘Roots’ series put her acting skills firmly on the map.
She was selected as the editor of The Arab Observer in Cairo. Later on, she gained positions as assistant administrator and instructor at the University of Ghana’s School of Music and Drama signifying an important step in her career.
The African Review later hired her as a feature editor. Shortly after she wrote articles for The Ghanaian Times as well as the Ghanaian Broadcasting Company.
Her writing talents didn’t stop there. She released an impressive seven autobiographies, poetry books, essays alongside many movies, plays and television shows. Her writing career spanned over 50 years!
The talented lady spoke five different languages.
Alongside Malcolm X and Vusumzi Make she played an active role in the civil rights movement.
President Barack Obama selected her to receive the award for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Like many Greek American women, she lived a life full of passion and determination. She made traveling a priority and enjoyed loving others. She was an unyielding and independent character who always remained humble. She promoted peace and encouraged others to look after themselves.
Without a doubt, Maya Angelou is one of the greatest women to have graced the planet, and will be spoken about for many years to come.