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GeorgeEllie GeorgeDr. PierceAFAS 30614 August 2016Maya Angelou’sI Know Why the Caged Bird SingsMaya Angelou’s account of her own life in her autobiographyI Know Why theCaged Bird Singsshows how her strong character as a young black woman enabled herto overcome the oppression and racism that she faced. Angelou finds peace within art,and she ends up using that art as a powerful communicator and is able to use her voiceto speak for African American women as a whole. As Maya Angelou grows andmatures from a girl into a woman, she begins to realize and resist the racist oppressionthat was so prevalent in the South. This essay will show how Angelou grows into heridentity, which she was rather confused about as a young child, saying she was “whitewith light blue eyes and blonde hair”, and resists the oppression of racism and sexism,prevailing as a powerful black woman with a strong voice, allowing the influences ofpowerful and independent African American women to help her to be the same way andachieve great things not only for herself, but for black women all over the country (2).Maya Angelou is unfortunately sexually assaulted as a young girl, seduced byMr. Freedman and his misleading persona, “from the way he was holding me I knew

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