Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Celebrate the Freedom to Read. . . I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS

Darletha celebrates I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS by Maya Angelou

This novel was required reading for my 8th grade English class and it was an unforgettable experience. I can still remember Angelou’s descriptions of the rural town of Stamps, her mother Vivian, hiding her disabled uncle from the K.K.K., and her horrifying rape. Some of Maya’s experiences explain why this book has been banned or challenged because some adults think these subjects are too mature for young people. No one likes the idea of a young person facing racism, sexual abuse, or teen pregnancy. However, those who disapprove of this book miss the power of perseverance behind Angelou's candor.

Darletha Matthews, South Branch Library


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