Ella Baker was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1903. She always had strong opinions, and “followed her own mind”. However, she was influenced by her grandmother growing up, and this contributed to her sense of social justice and racism. Her grandmother, who had once been a slave, told her granddaughter stories of her own years in slavery. Her grandmother had been whipped for refusing to marry a man picked by her slave owner (SNCC).
For 28 days Sethe and her children happily live with Halle’s mother, Baby Suggs, but she is soon found by the slave-owner who had come to retrieve them. To avoid a return to slavery, Sethe decides to kill her children and herself. She is only able to kill her toddler, later known as “Beloved”. At the novel and films opening, which takes place after slavery has been abolished, the entire family is tortured by the ghost of the baby girl haunting the house, and the Black Community has turned their back on Sethe for her seemingly horrendous actions. Observations The character Sethe is presented as a former slave woman who chooses to kill her baby girl rather than allowing the child to be exposed to the physically, emotionally, and spiritually oppressive horrors of a life spent in the confines of slavery.
Written by Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees is about a fourteen-year-old white girl, Lily, who lives with her father after accidentally shooting her mother when she was only four years old. She is nurtured by her nanny and housekeeper, an African American named Rosaleen. Lily lives with the guilt of killing her mother. After times in Sylvan, South Carolina get tough, having to deal with Lily’s evil father and the horrible racism, Lily and Rosaleen decide to pack their belongings and leave. The novel starts off in Sylvan, South Carolina in 1964, a time when African Americans started earning their rights.
Ursa Corregidora, the great-granddaughter of a Portuguese slave owner, is a beautiful mulatto women from Kentucky who sings the blues at Happy's Cafe. Due to a violent fall caused from the act of jealous rage by her husband Mutt Thomas, she loses her unborn child and also her womb, the very evidence for her to make generations requested by her foremothers. The ancestors did not have documentation to show their existence saying "that's why they burned all the papers, so there would be no evidence to hold up against them"(14) and therefore giving birth was their only means. Retelling the events keeps the truth within the minds and cannot be taken away as the papers were. After Ursa's accident she realizes how empty she feels without her womb, that the obligation of continuing the tradition is now broken and gone.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” (Maya Angelou “Quotes”). Maya Angelou is an African American author who wanted the whole world to know who she was. Even though Maya Angelou’s life was full of disappointments and miseries, she still managed to rise above them all to become a successful poet. Racism played a really big role in Maya Angelou’s life. Maya Angelou witnessed slavery when she was very young and wished that someday all men will be free.
She reflects, ‘The last of her children, whom she barely glanced at when he was born because it wasn 't worth the trouble to try to learn features you would never see change into adulthood anyway” (139). Morrison uses Baby Suggs to depict motherhood on a plantation. She emphasizes that slave mothers could not form connections with their children because many were taken away at infancy to be enslaved on other plantations. Morrison goes on to use a more intense example to drive this concept through to her readers when Sethe describes her memory of her mother to Denver and Beloved, “She picked me up and carried me behind the smokehouse. Back there she opened up her dress front and lifted up her breast and pointed under it.
After several refuels she agreed the results was a unique series of autobiographical narratives. I know why the caged bird sings is the first of Maya Angelous's five autobiographies. It covers her life form the age of three when her parents send her and her brother bailey to live with their paternal grandmother Annie Henderson in stamps Arkansas until the age of sixteen when she becomes a mother. Annie is the main influence on her childhood. (Lupton 24).during her stay at her grandmothers Maya is raped by her mothers boyfriend Mr. freeman who warns her to be silent or he will kill her brother bailey .
Phillis Wheatley was born in Senegal, West Africa in 1753. She was kidnapped in 1761 at age eight and bought by John Wheatley so she could serve his wife Susan. Due to the fact that Phillis was extremely intelligent and a fast learner Susan did not train her to be her servant. Phillis was taught English, Latin, and Greek, and other subjects including the Bible. She slowly became a part of the Wheatley family.
They train their prey from the moment of internment, “they began with humiliation, they tore the clothes off our backs” (Hill 29). Aminata is a Muslim, and the reader is able to ascertain in the first pages how full of pride her people were and how much they valued their families. Women were the main workers and Aminata was trained from her mother in being a midwife. The village life is shown as a normal community encompassing jealousy and other customary happenings. When Aminata first is captured, she becomes an orphan, since the slave traders murder her parents.
In the book Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs, who, for her safety, called herself Linda Brent in the book. Harriet begins by talking about her childhood. She doesn’t know she is a slave until after her mother dies at the age of six. Her earliest years were not very pleasant, but she is soon given to the daughter of Dr. Flint and his wife Mrs. Flint. Dr. Flint was wealthy and cruel, and Harriet and her brother William found only in the kindness of their elderly grandmother Aunt Marthy.