All God's Children Need Travelling Shoes

Author: Maya Angelou

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1405526769

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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A memoir about home and belonging, from the author of I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS 'A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman' BARACK OBAMA Maya Angelou's five volumes of autobiography, beginning with I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS, are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In the fifth volume, Maya Angelou emigrates to Ghana only to discover that 'you can't go home again' but she comes to a new awareness of love and friendship, civil rights and slavery - and the myth of mother Africa. 'She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace . . . She will always be the rainbow in my clouds' OPRAH WINFREY 'She was important in so many ways. She launched African American women writing in the United States. She was generous to a fault. She had nineteen talents - used ten. And was a real original. There is no duplicate' TONI MORRISON

African Diasporas

Author: Aija Poikāne-Daumke

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783825896126

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 136

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Various Afro-German literary and cultural initiatives, arose as a response to the experience of being marginalized to the point of invisibility within a dominant Eurocentric culture. This book contributes to the understanding of German literature as multi-ethnic and of the the transatlantic networks operating in the African Diasporas. Aija Poikane-Daumke taught several seminars on Afro-German and African-American literature at the University of Dortmund (Germany).

Summary of Maya Angelou's All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 48

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 I had brought my son Guy to enter the University of Ghana in Accra. I planned staying for two weeks with a friend of a colleague, settling Guy into his dormitory, then continuing to Liberia to a job with the Department of Information.

Maya Angelou's quest for her self

Author: Kathrin Gerbe

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638430154

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 11

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Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1, University of Siegen, course: To Paint the Self in Black and White: American Autobiography, 9 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Maya Angelou’s autobiography consists of six volumes. Born in 1928, she started writing down the story of her life in 1968. Robert Loomis, an editor at Random House, had asked her several times to write an autobiography, but she never agreed because she thought it was too difficult. He decided to trick her into writing by telling her: “I must say you may be right not to attempt an autobiography, because it is nearly impossible to write autobiography as literature. Almost impossible” (p.1165, ll.14ff.). Maya Angelou could not resist this challenge and started writing the first volume, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, that tells the reader about her childhood in segregated Arkansas, St Louis and San Francisco and the birth of her son Guy. The second volume, published in 1974, is called Gather together in my name. It deals with Maya’s experiences as a young mother who struggles for survival after World War II. Only two years later, in the third part, Singin’ and Swingin’ and Getting’ Merry Like Christmas, the start of her career as a singer touring Europe with Porgy & Bess is described. In The Heart of a Woman, the fourth volume of her autobiography, 1981, Maya Angelou remembers how she started writing in New York where she worked for the NAACP in black politics. It also contains an account of her marriage with the African freedom fighter Vusumzi Make she followed to Africa. All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes is the title of the fifth part, published in 1986: Maya is looking for her ancestors in Ghana, but notices that she does not belong there either. In 2002 the last volume (so far) is finished: A Song Flung Up to Heaven deals with the situation in the USA around Malcolm X’s and Martin Luther King’s assassinations and ends with the moment Maya starts writing her autobiography.