AAS 114 The Life of Maya Angelou - AAS 114 African-American History II 1865 to Present Life and Times of Maya Angelou Evidence suggests that Angelou was

AAS 114 The Life of Maya Angelou - AAS 114 African-American...

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AAS 114 African-American History II 1865 to Present ● Life and Times of Maya Angelou Evidence suggests that Angelou was partially descended from the Mende people of West Africa.[81][note 10] A 2008 PBS documentary found that Angelou's maternal great-grandmother Mary Lee, who had been emancipated after the Civil War, became pregnant by her former white owner, John Savin. Savin forced Lee to sign a false statement accusing another man of being the father of her child. After indicting Savin for forcing Lee to commit perjury, and despite discovering that Savin was the father, a grand jury found him not guilty. Lee was sent to the Clinton County poorhouse in Missouri with her daughter, Marguerite Baxter, who became Angelou's grandmother. Angelou described Lee as "that poor little Black girl, physically and mentally bruised."[83] The details of Angelou's life described in her seven autobiographies and in numerous interviews, speeches, and articles tend to be inconsistent. Critic Mary Jane Lupton has explained that when Angelou has spoken about her life, she has done so eloquently but informally and "with no time chart in front of her".[84]

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