Each Celia Grace wedding dress is named in honor of an inspiring woman - because we believe who you are is more important than how you look. This v-neck dress with illusion lace and cap sleeves is named in honor of Maya Angelou.
Maya Angelou was born as Marguerite Annie Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4, 1928. She and her brother were sent back and forth between her paternal grandmother and mother. During her difficult childhood, including nearly five years of being mute, Maya developed her love of books, her memory and her ability to observe and listen.
She began her career as a nightclub dancer in San Francisco, where she changed her performer name to “Maya Angelou” at the suggestion of her manager. She toured Europe as part of the cast of an opera and went on to record the album Miss Calypso.
After encouragement from novelist John Oliver Killens, Maya moved back to New York to focus on her writing and joined the Harlem Writers Guild. She met Martin Luther King Jr. in 1960, motivating her and Killens to organize the Cabaret for Freedom to raise money for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Following four years in Cairo, Egypt and Accra, Ghana where she worked as a journalist and college administrator, Maya returned to the United States with her new friend Malcolm X to build a new civil rights organization.
Maya was devastated by the assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Her friendship with James Baldwin brought her back into the literary world, and in 1969, she published I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, her first autobiography and an internationally acclaimed book.
Maya went on to write documentaries, short stories, autobiographies, articles, poetry, and TV scripts, produced plays and directed movies, and received numerous awards and honorary degrees. She even served as a visiting professor at multiple colleges and universities.
The world lost Maya Angelou in May of 2014 but will never forget her major contributions to literature, art and civil rights. This dress gives back by supporting women and men who weave Celia Grace Wedding Dress silk on traditional no-electricity looms. This dress is made following fair trade practices and Celia Grace donates a school uniform to a girl in Cambodia with every dress sold through the organization Tailored for Education.