Angelou marries Vusumzi Make. They move to Cairo Egypt where Angelou works as a writer and teacher, and as the editor of The Arab Observer. Make is a South African civil rights activist and lawyer. On her first encounter with him, she writes in her book The Heart of a Woman:
His accent was delicious. A result of British deliberateness changed by the rhythm of an African tongue and the grace of African lips. I moved away after smiling, needing to sit apart and collect myself. I had not met such a man. He was intense and contained. His movements were economical and delicate. And he didn’t seem to know that he was decidedly overweight. He was a warrior, sure of his enemies and secure with his armament.