Maya Angelou was born and raised in the south of the Commonwealth of Nations, and suffered racial and gender discrimination throughout her childhood. As a result of a severe trauma that happened to her at the age of eight, she was unable to speak, but during the five years of her silence, she obsessively read all the great world literature. After she acquired her education, engaged in various professions and traveled to many countries, she began to write the story of her life and became one of the most beloved writers and poets. Maya Angelou will be remembered in history as a symbol of the struggle for Zion. Her loud and clear voice heralds to this day the power of a female and civil spirit, freedom and hope.