III. a. Maya Angelou was an avid writer, speaker, activist and teacher. As a result of the many hardships that she suffered while growing up as a poor black woman in the south she has used her own experiences as the subject matter of her written work. In doing this she effectively shows how she was able to overcome her personal obstacles. Her autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970) tells the story of her life and how she overcame and moved forward triumphantly in spite of her circumstances.
Her life was not an easy one but she overcame adversity and created some of the most beautiful pieces of literature, as well as poetry, of the 20th century. Her works prove that you may come from a horrible background but you are able to become someone worth something in the eyes of society. Maya Angelou wanted equality for all and therefor fought alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in the Civil Right Movement of the 60’s.
Maya Angelou was a strong African-American women who made an influential impact on the Civil Rights Movement, in bother her actions, and her literature. Her life experiences and courage helped others, and made her work influential. During Maya’s early life, she experienced many hardships that shaped her into the person many remember her as. Born on April 4, 1928, she only lived in St. Louis, MO for three years before her parents got divorced, and Maya, along with her mother and brother, moved in with her grandparents in Arkansas. At the age of eight, raped by her mother’s boyfriend, Maya learned the power that words possess.
Paragraph 1; Introduction “I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other.” said Harriet Tubman. She lived by this. When she was twenty nine Tubman ran away from slavery on her own and she freed approximately 300 other slaves. Also, she led an armed expedition during the Civil War and she was the first woman who did that.
T’keyah Bannister Mrs.Fabbi English 11 Honors 04 December 2015 Maya Angelou: Nonconformist American “I will not allow anybody to minimize my life, not anybody, not a living soul-- nobody, no lover, no mother, no son, no boss, no President, nobody.” - Maya Angelou Often labeled as a feminine writer, African- American autobiographer, historian, lecturer, journalist, activist, filmmaker, poet, singer, actor, and storyteller. Set out with many challenges which includes knowing many different languages from French, italian, spanish, Serbo-
When thinking of a historical figure, many imagine a president, king, or general that lead a country to greatness, but never realized some could be the ones who influence the minds of society. Although not thought of as anything, writers and poets hold the key to shaping the society’s mindset without even knowing it. Being a civil rights activist, social activist, and role model for women makes Maya Angelou a historical figure who has made a huge impact in American society and in American history. Born poor and black, she was a childhood victim of rape, shamed into silence. She was a young single mother who had to work at strip clubs for a living.
The German philosopher Nietzsche once said, “That which does not kill us, make us stronger”, and in many instances this is exactly the case. In most every instance of tragedy or hardship, the people affected must either yield to or rise above their situation, and in rising above, develop or display extraordinary and exemplary traits uniquely fitted to dealing with that situation. As a result, without adversity, these talents would be left unused. There are instances in which people crack under the pressure or sink to the expectations of their situation, but, depending on the character of the person involved, they may take the situation and use it to better themselves. It is a unique opportunity to utilize or develop traits that often remain
Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Johnson, lived through an unstable early life. She was born in St. Louis, Arkansas, but moved away to Stamps, Arkansas at age three due to her parents’ divorce. There, Angelou lived with her brother, Bailey, and her paternal grandmother (Galenet - Self and a Song of Freedom in the Southern Tradition). As discussed in her first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, seven-year old Maya was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. The man was consequently murdered by her uncles, and Maya, feeling responsible for his death, ceased talking and remained speechless for five years.
In the poem, Angelou stands up against the people that have torn her down because of her race and femininity. “You may kill me with your hatefulness” (Angelou 23), she tells them, “But still, like air, I’ll rise” (Angelou 24). Maya Angelou is displaying excellence in her poem by achieving her highest potential as an African American woman, regardless of the degrading comments people make about her. Maya Angelou’s poem teaches its readers to accept the person they are, no matter what people, or society, think of
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” Araminta Ross, later known as Harriet Tubman went through multiple troubles in her life, but still lived a long, well-earned life. During the mid 1800’s in America, slaves made up a big percentage of the U.S. population. Around 1830, sixteen percent, or two million Americans were slaves. Within just thirty years, this percentage dropped by four percent. Although sixteen and twelve may not be big numbers, this number shows great value. This percentage dropped because Harriet Tubman, similar to several other “conductors” as they would be called, led hundreds of slaves out of their misery and into a brighter future. Not only did Harriet Tubman free slaves, but she also
In Maya Angelou’s chapter Mrs. Flowers, Marguerite Johnson, finds how to become successful in a segregated America. What Mrs. Flowers does is teaches Marguerite how to avoid racist people, that usually meant staying home. Mrs Flowers made her memorize many works of literature such as poems. “Take this book of poems and memorize one for me. Next time you pay me a visit I want you to recite it.”
Harriet Tubman is a larger than life icon and an American hero. Harriet was born into a family of eleven children who were born into slavery. Benjamin Ross and Harriet Greene were her parents, and lived on a plantation in Dorchester County, Maryland. Harriet was put to work by the age of five, and served as a maid and children’s nurse. At the age of six Araminta was taken from her parents to live with James Cook, whose wife was a weaver, to learn the skills of weaving. James Cook would order her to guard his muskrat traps, which compelled her to walk through the water. At the age of 12 she became a field hand. Because Harriet Tubman wanted freedom, she fought constantly to achieve it. Harriet went from slave to inspiration in a matter of years.
Never Give Up What do you do when you don't have food, a supporting family, or your a slave escaping to freedom? Would you give up or keep going? Salvador didn't give up even though he doesn't have much food and a family like most kids his age do. Harriet was a strong women escaping slavery but yet going back to help more people.
Harriett Tubman and Florence Nightingale both brought great change is many people’s lives over the course of their life. Harriett Tubman was a slave on a Maryland plantation. No matter what life threw at her, such as being struck in the head by a weight causing severe head trauma, she persevered. She would make up to nineteen trips to the south to deliver slaves to the north and Canada through the Underground Railroad; earning her the nickname Moses the Deliverer. Florence Nightingale was born into wealth, but had always had a fascination with mending things. At thirty-three she accepted an unpaid position as superintendent. She brought great change in healthcare for soldiers within the British army and after becoming sick she led people to continue her work. She would go on to make great changes in the field of medicine and changed how people viewed the field of medicine since.
Wayne Dyer wrote, “Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery.” Harriet Tubman lived out her life a free woman. After her escape from slavery, she was able to help hundreds of others do the same. As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman saved countless lives of her fellow people.