African American author and poet.
Wrote an auto-biographical memoir of her childhood “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”.
At age eight was raped and didn’t speak until five years afterwards.
Active in Civil Rights movement and read her poem at Clinton’s inauguration.
“The caged bird sings with
A fearful trill of things unknown
But longed for still and his
Tune is heard on the distant hill
For the caged bird sings of freedom.”
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