why the caged bird sings

Legendary Literary Extraordinaire! Maya Angelou Closes her Book


Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  Her lasting contribution to literature; written in 1969, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” bore witness to the brutality of a Jim Crow South, portraying racism and the life of Marguerite Ann Johnson (Angelou’s birth name) up to the age of 16; abandoned by her parents and raped by her mother’s boyfriend, homeless and being a teen mother.