This is an essay by Sheila Hageman. Reflections on Maya Angelou and Speaking to Universal Truth “I wasn’t thinking so much about my own life or identity. I was thinking about a particular time in which I lived and the influences of that time on a number of people . . . I used . . . myself—as a focus to show how one person can make it through those times.”–Maya Angelou   These are Maya Angelou’s words from an interview about why her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings resonates so deeply with its readers. This is not a book simply about one woman’s plight (although it is

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This is an essay by Sheila Hageman. Reflections on Maya Angelou and Speaking to Universal Truth “I wasn’t thinking so much about my own life or identity. I was thinking about a particular time in which I lived and the influences of that time on a number of people . . . I used . . . myself—as a focus to show how one person can make it through those times.”–Maya Angelou   These are Maya Angelou’s words from an interview about why her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings resonates so deeply with its readers. This is not a book simply about one woman’s plight (although it is

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