Research paper on Maya Angelou - 1 Courage allows the successful women to fail and learn powerful lessons from the failure so that in the end she

Research paper on Maya Angelou - 1 Courage allows the...

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1“Courage allows the successful women to fail and learn powerful lessons from the failureso that in the end, she didn't fail at all” (Maya Angelou). Maya Angelou is an author, poet, playwright, civil right activist, dancer, actress, producer, and educator. Her work reflects her experiences during childhood to her adult life. Her style ranges from complex symbolic ideas to straight forward concepts that are easy to understand (William Scott).She is a very triumphant woman (Williams Scott). Maya Angelou is “hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary African-American literature, Angelou is best known forI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” (Maya Angelou). Although Maya Angelou lived a difficult childhood, she overcame many obstacles and strived to become a positive role model.Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson, was born on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri. Marguerites parents are Vivian Baxter and Bailey Johnson. She has one brother, Bailey. When Marguerite was three years old, her parents divorced and “neither parent could take care of the children, so three-year-old Marguerite and four-year-old Bailey were sent to stay with their grandmother”(Brown 8). They were sent on a train with tags tied to their wrists. Their destination was Stamps, Arkansas. The porter who was in charge of them left the train in Arizonaand from there they rode by themselves. The town of Stamps was divided by the railroads: one section for blacks and the other forwhites. Their grandmother lived at the back of the William Johnson General Merchandise Store with her son Willie. The lives of Marguerite and Bailey revolved around the store, school, and church. Marguerites parents did not have any contact with them and one day Marguerite and Bailey received some gifts from their parents. A year later their father came to visit for three weeks. After the three weeks, he told the children that he was going to take them with him. “Partway through the trip, their father told the children that he was not taking them to live with
2him in California. Instead, they were on their way to St. Louis, Missouri, to stay with their mother” (Brown 12). Seeing her mother after four years, “Marguerite then decided that she knewwhy her mother had sent her away: Vivian Baxter was too beautiful to spend her time looking after children” (Brown 12). Life in St. Louis was very different.St. Louis had the paved roads and tall buildings. Theylived in a big house with their mother, Grandmother Baxter, and three uncles. After six months, Vivian decided to move in with her boyfriend to a new house. “One spring morning, when both Bailey and Vivian Baxter were not home, Freeman raped eight-year-old Marguerite. He threatened that if she told anyone, he would kill Bailey. Then he sent her to the public library” (Brown 14). When Vivian found out what had happened to Marguerite she took her to the hospital. Bailey told Grandma Baxter and she called the police. The police arrested Freeman and later Marguerite testified at Freeman’s trial and he was found guilty. Freeman’s lawyer arranged

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