Legacies in Black Literature: Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison

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  • The Highest Honor
  • Still I Rise
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie
  • The Bluest Eye
  • “On the Pulse of The Morning”
  • Sula
  • Song of Solomon
  • Phenomenal Woman
  •  Beloved
  • Presidential Medal of Arts
  • Medals of Freedom
  • Legacy
  • It's an Honor

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

At the urging of her friend, author James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, who was already an accomplished dancer, linguist and lecturer, penned her first in a series of eight autobiographies. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings details the first 17 years of her life and issues of rape, identity and motherhood.  

(Photo: Courtesy of Random House)

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