The passing of the poet, playwright, author, and San Francisco's first African-American female cable car conductor, Maya Angelou, might not seem like the a topic for foodies, But most food writers were English Majors once and most English Majors were once bookish teenager types who had a favorite hidden corner for angst-filled reading.
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|Maya Angelou: 1928 - 2014|
Far from the typical reading material foisted on high school students, Maya Angelou's work was grown up, weighty literature. Reading I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings for the first time made you feel as if you had been let in on something deeply important.
She wrote about about divisive topics like civil rights, racism, rape, teen pregnancy, single motherhood, injustice, and intolerance, yet she managed to do so in a way that filled the reader with empathy, and with hope.
Her literary journey was about finding one's voice in a world that often seems determined to drown you out.More »