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In I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou takes us on a journey of her life from birth to her teenage years. Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. She grew up during a time of segregation in America. As a young child, she faced many struggles that many of us will never face in our lifetime. She suffered through her parents' divorce, bullying, insecurity, racism and abuse. This book is important because it shows that even with the most sever hardships, Maya Angelou found the strength to overcome her pain and continue to succeed.
Maya Angelou's first struggles came after her parents' divorce when she was just 3 years old. She and her brother Bailey had to Jive with their grandmother, Momma, in Stamps, Arkansas. She did not understand why and felt abandoned by her parents. They lived in a segregated town and Maya was bullied by the white children and felt like she did not belong. She was also made fun of by black children. One Easter Sunday, Maya was reciting a poem in church and was unable to finish the poem. The other children laughed at her and made up...
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