the Singing Caged Bird is Free

Like a jig saw puzzle when we learn what each piece revealed.

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stanza from Maya Angelou’s anthem of a poem, Still I Rise
Out of the hut’s of history’s shame, I rise.
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain, I rise. 
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide.
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. 

maya angelou caged bird still sings Maya Angelou, April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014

It was in 1969, that the world would begin to ponder the question, Why does the caged bird sing? Maya Angelou was an accomplished performer way before then – a stage actress,  touring Europe in a production of the acclaimed Porgy and Bess, a songstress, recording her first  studio album in 1957, and a dancer, teaming up with the legendary Alvin Ailey, no less, scorching the streets in a calypso.  But in 1969, Maya Angelou would become a star. The release of the autobiographical I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings stunned the literary…

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