I know Why The Caged Bird Sings is one of three autobiographies by award-winning poet, Maya Angelou.
Like anything else that Maya has ever committed her efforts to, this book, is moving, deep and intellectually stimulating.
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings follows the life of a young Marguerite (later on Maya). Born at a time when racism in America was worn like a badge of honor, she saw it all. Segregated schools, houses and even laws against interracial relationships.
Shuttling between Arkansas and Carliforina, Maya’s was a peripatetic upbringing. Raped by her mother’s boyfriend at 8 years old, her life would take a whole new turn. Living mainly with her grandparents, Maya would have to scratch and claw for everything she ever wanted.
With multiple awards and honorary degrees, the celebrity that few writers could match, and her name immortalized in literature, boy did she scratch and claw!