Maya Angelou Analysis

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Angelou, Maya. Interview by Oprah Winfrey. OWN. N.d. Television.
Maya Angelou was a full time professor at Wake Forest University, a bestselling author of many books, and was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She talks about how to stand up to racism with courage. She explains that it takes time and practice to gain courage. She strongly believes pejorative language is inacceptable and should not be tolerated because of the power of words. This is from an interview with Oprah Winfrey and is not in the same format as my other sources except for one. This supports my thesis because it gives insight into Maya Angelou 's ideologies.
"Iconoclast." Dave Chappelle & Maya Angelou. Sundance Channel. 30 Nov. 2006. Television.
Maya Angelou is a
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Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women. New York: Random House, 1994. Print.
Maya Angelou is a bestselling author and human rights activist. The tone is strong and powerful. The theme is that what makes you beautiful is not your physical attractiveness but the way you carry yourself and the intellect within you and this serves as an empowering message to women. This is a poem which is similar to some of the other poems on my bibliography. This supports my thesis because it shows the power behind her
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. S.l.: Ballantine, 1969. Print.
Maya Angelou is a bestselling author, who was a professor at Wake Forest University. It is Angelou 's first autobiographical book. This book is interesting because the story is told in the point of view of an child. Its main ideas center around racism and resistance against racism. This book is a little different compared to my other sources because it is an autobiography. It helps support my thesis because it gives insight on her young life, which helped form who she grew up to be.
Angelou, Maya. All God 's Children Need Travelling Shoes. London: Virago, 1986. Print.
Maya Angelou is a bestselling author, who was a professor at Wake Forest University. This is her fifth book in her autobiographical series. This book tells the story of when she was in Ghana. The themes in this book are race and identity and the struggle of being a mother with her grown son. This compares to some of the other autobiographical sources in my bibliography. It also helps learn more about her as a person and her ideologies.
Angelou, Maya. The Heart of a Woman. New York: Random House, 1981.

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