Autobiography

All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou

By Maya Angelou

All God's kids want touring sneakers takes Maya to Ghana, the place she joins a group of black american citizens. In a vibrant party of the attractions, sounds, and emotions of Africa, Maya Angelou additionally explores what it capacity to be African-American at the mom continent, the place colour not concerns, yet the place American-ness asserts itself in methods either complicated and heartbreaking. once more, she longs for domestic.

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Tragedy, no matter how sad, becomes boring to those not caught in its addictive caress. I watched my host, so sympathetic at the outset, become increasingly less interested in me and my distress. After a few weeks in his house, his discomfort even penetrated my self-centeredness. When Julian and Ana Livia Mayfield allowed me to store my books and clothes at their house, I gave my host only perfunctory thanks, and moved into a tiny room at the local YWCA I focused my attention on myself, with occasional concentrations on Guy.

Then she could exercise her sharp mind and quick tongue on anyone within hearing range. The wise Vicki said, “What Africa needs is help. ” Alice grinned, warming up. She said, “I’ve never seen Africa as a woman, and somewhere I resent the use of any sexual pronoun to describe this complex continent. It’s not he or she. ” The visitors looked disapprovingly at us all. The need to believe in Africa’s maternal welcome was painfully obvious. They didn’t want to know that they had not come home, but had left one familiar place of painful memory for another strange place with none.

Racial loyalties and cultural attachments had become meaningless. Trying utterly, I could not match Guy’s stoicism. He lay calm, week after week, in a prison of plaster from which only his face and one leg and arm were visible. His assurances that he would heal and be better than new drove me into a faithless silence. Had I been less timid, I would have cursed God. Had I come from a different background, I would have gone further and denied His very existence. Having neither the courage nor the historical precedent, I raged inside myself like a blinded bull in a metal stall.

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