I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya AngelouSent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local powhitetrash. At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.
Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.
Maya Angelou at the 2nd Annual HRC National Dinner
From her books to her orations, Angelou used language to stir her audiences and reach into their hearts. Here is a sampling of some of her most powerful speeches:. She became the second poet in history to speak at a presidential inauguration -- after Robert Frost, who spoke at John F. Kennedy's inaugural -- when she read her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at the swearing-in of President Bill Clinton in She sang and offered moving words of gratitude.
The previous year, Angelou was a member of an all-female trio who hosted an event called Sheer Good Fortune in honour of Toni Morrison. When Morrison won the Nobel Prize for Literature back in , Angelou decided to throw her a party because, as she would later recall, she felt it was something the United States should have done. As two African Americans, two women, two writers of a similar age, these two have sometimes found themselves grouped together for the crudest of reasons. Morrison in particular has sometimes been keen to distance herself from Angelou in a literary sense — describing the author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings as a very different writer from her. Nonetheless, they clearly have the greatest respect for each other, both as artists and women. We are interested in hearing recommendations of other female writing friendships that we could showcase on this site.
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Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize Speech
African-American writer and poet Maya Angelou — was honored by universities, literary organizations, government agencies, and special interest groups. In , she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom , the highest civilian honor in the U. More than thirty health care and medical facilities have been named after Angelou. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by expanding it with reliably sourced entries. Winston-Salem Journal.