Finding Her Voice: Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

At the age of eight, Marguerite Johnson stopped speaking after a traumatic event. Fifty-seven years later, Marguerite, now known as Maya Angelou, would be the first Black woman poet to recite her work, “On the Pulse of Morning,” at a presidential inauguration, that of Clinton in 1993. How did the silent girl become the woman whose voice was heard by millions?

In this course we will spend four weeks reading Maya Angelou’s first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. We will travel with Marguerite/Maya from Missouri, to Arkansas, to California, through the Great Depression and World War II on her journey to find her voice.

*Note: This online course will not be recorded.


Group Leader: DIANE THOMPSON
Venue: online
Meets on: Fridays 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Starting: 10/7/2022
Sessions: 4
Class Size: 28
Teaching Style: Seminar
Weekly Preparation: 3 - 4 hours
Group Leader Biography:

Diane C. Thompson holds a MA in counseling psychology from Lesley University, an MLS in library science, an MFA in creative writing, and an MA in African American studies. She has over 15 years of experience as an adjunct writing instructor. This will be Diane's tenth course for BHS.