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All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes

Maya Angelou.
Publisher Vintage  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780679734048
Pages/Publication Date 208/1991
Daedalus Item Code 49415
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In 1962, as a poet and performer in her early 30s, Maya Angelou claimed another piece of her identity by moving to the newly independent Ghana, joining a community of "Revolutionist Returnees" inspired by the promise of pan-Africanism. This fifth volume of her singular autobiography is a lyrical and acutely perceptive exploration of what it means to be an African American on the mother continent, where color no longer matters but where American-ness keeps asserting itself in ways both puzzling and heartbreaking. Awarded the National Medal of Arts, the Lincoln Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as well as more than 50 honorary degrees, Angelou has left an indelible impression on American culture and society, largely through her seven volumes of autobiography (beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in 1969), her essay collections, and her poetry, plays, and screenplays.

"To read Angelou's book ... without being moved would seem impossible. Here, this American poet, actress, civil rights activist and TV producer-director recalls her pilgrimage to Ghana in the early 1960s. Ostensibly, Angelou went there so that her son could study at the University of Ghana to put him (and herself) in touch with long-imagined ancestral roots. Sadly, she was disillusioned by the subtle rejection of native Ghanaians. Fighting this painful sense of not belonging, she plunged into activities; appearing in Genet's play The Blacks with black American performers, she went briefly to Berlin, where she underwent a searing experience dining in the home of a wealthy crypto-Nazi German. Other encounters, even the more pleasurable ones, hardly mitigate the homesickness and hurt underlying Angelou's poignant recall, which includes a meeting with Malcolm X and her visit to a village where, centuries ago, black men sold other black men, women and children to white slave traders."Publishers Weekly

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Publisher: Random House.   Format: paperback. ISBN: 9780812980318.  Daedalus Item Code: 49420
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