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In a sixth memoir, the author and poet describes her return from Africa to the U.S., her work with the civil rights movement, and the writing of her first autobiographical work, "I know Why the Caged Bird Sings."
A Song Flung Up to Heaven opens as Maya Angelou returns from Africa to the United States to work with Malcolm X. But she first had to journey to California to be reunited with her mother and brother. No sooner had she arrived there than she learned that Malcolm X had been assassinated.
Devastated, she tried to put her life back together, working on the stage in local theaters and even going from door to door in Watts for a survey. Then Watts exploded in violence, a riot she describes firsthand.
Subsequently, on a trip to New York, she met Martin Luther King, Jr., who asked her to become his coordinator in the North, and she visited black churches all over America to help support King's Poor People's March.
But once again tragedy struck. King was assassinated, and this time Angelou completely withdrew from the world, unable to deal with this horrible event. Finally, James Baldwin forced her out of isolation and insisted that she accompany him to a dinner party -- where the idea for writing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was born. In fact, A Song Flung Up to Heaven ends as Maya Angelou begins to write the first sentences of Caged Bird.
|Number of Pages:||212|
|Primary Shelf ID:||582802|
|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publication Date:||April, 2002|
|Digital Video Formats:||Hardcover|
|Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H):||6.00 x 8.50 x 0.75 Inches|
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