I Know why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The last book I have read tells the childhood of brave and talented writer Maya Angelou. It begins when she was only 3 years old , ever since she could remember back in the 1950’s. .Marguerite Johnson along with her brother Bailey were sent to Stamp, Arkansas in a train alone, to live with their beloved Momma, their paternal grandma.

There she recounts a story of vile racism from their forever enemies the “powhitetrash”. There begins that sense of abandonment, the rejection because of the color of their skin and humiliation. The story develops on her whole childhood, to her late teens. This woman was brave enough to tell this strong story mixed with beauty and suffering. Maya Angelou tells this story of Marguerite, herself, from a first person point of view.

The title refers to a Poem written by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Sympathy, where the caged bird symbolizes oppression, lack of liberty and segregation. The things that Maya encounter at that time when racism was more obvious than ever. But every experience she had, every moment she lived made the woman she ultimately was, Maya Angelou.

She become a poet, writer,actress,dancer,movie and theater producer. But she was among those a civil right activist, working with Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, defending the dignity of those that share the color of her skin. She even had the important role of  recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning (1993) at the first inauguration of Bill Clinton. A very influential woman indeed, not only to the black community but for every single human being.

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