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Censorship: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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daijah wills

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Transcript of Censorship: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Ann Johnson; April 4, 1928. She is one of the most famous and influential people of our time. She is an American author, poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. She has published several autobographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. Maya Angelou received dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees. She has series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" , tells of her life up to the age of seventeen, and brought her international recognition and acclaim. Because of this novel, Maya angleou is one of the people that was affected by censorship.

When did the censorship take place?
Maya Angelou's censorship took place in 1983.
Is the censorship still taking place?
What was done to fight the censorship?
Maya Angelou had spoken on the cotroversy.

"I’m always sorry that people ban my books. Many times I’ve been called the most banned. And many times my books are banned by people who never read two sentences. I feel sorry for the young person who never gets to read.”

Otherwise, not much action has been done. She
accepts it.

1. "Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it."

2. "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

3. "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."

4. "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

5. "Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope."

6. "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."

7. "Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it."
What were the results?
She became an amazing poet and has won many awards for her work. From her work her poems tell us what shes been threw growing up.
What work(s) were involved?
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was banned. The book challenged in many American High Schools in 1994. The book was accused of exposing readers to the idea of partaking in premarital sex. The homosexuality portrayed and the use profanity was criticized.
What form did the censorship take? Was it a demand for editorial changes or was a book banned from a library or school? Why?
It was banned from schools, libraries, and other publication centers.

Showed explicit language, sexuality, and racial discrimination.
No the censorship is not still taking place.



Know Why the Caged Bird Sings follows Marguerite's (called "My" or "Maya" by her brother) life from the age of three to seventeen and the struggles she faces particularly with racism in the Southern United States. Abandoned by their parents, Maya and her older brother Bailey are sent to live with their paternal grandmother (Momma) and crippled uncle (Uncle Willie) in Stamps, Arkansas. Maya and Bailey are haunted by their parents' abandonment throughout the book they travel alone and are labeled like baggage.The book is also really about her life and how she has to go through rape abuse an racism and alot of drama.
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