|“Like most children, I thought if I could face the worst danger voluntarily, |
and triumph, I would forever have power over it.”
I first read Maya Angelou’s autobiographical books in my early teens. As a young girl, from a small town in rural south west England, I had been sheltered and oblivious to all that her books revealed. The books were unavailable in my home town so I bought each one in a ‘modern’ bookshop in Bath. I devoured them. Maya’s writings left me shocked, confused and saddened, but also uplifted and proud. I didn’t always understand what I was reading but her story stayed with me and as I grew older I understood more.
|“There was an army of adults, whose motives and movements I just couldn’t understand|
and who made no effort to understand mine.”
Maya’s first book, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’, was written in 1969. It begins when, aged 3, Maya is sent with her older brother to live with their grandmother in Arkansas, and ends when she becomes a mother at the age of 17.
|“See, you don’t have to think about doing the right thing.|
If you’re for the right thing, then you do it without thinking.”
|"If growing up is painful for the southern black girl, |
being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat.
It is an unnessecary insult."
The title ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ comes from the poem ‘Sympathy’ by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, an Afro-American poet.
|“One more woman ambushed and raped. A black boy whipped and maimed … a white woman slapping her maid for being forgetful.”|
|Maya Angelou (Source)|
“Can’t do is like don’t care. Neither of them have a home.”
All quotes are from the books of Maya Angelou.
May all humankind fly free, uninhibited by cages.
Birdcage will be coming to Sherborne Antiques Fair - Saturday 22nd September