The twenty-third chapter of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings sees Maya Angelou recalling her eighth grade graduation ceremony. While this event is meant to be joyous, things take a turn for the worst when Mr. Edward Donleavy, a sort of school superintendent, gives an absolutely deflating speech. Fortunately, valedictorian Henry Reed saves the day by discarding his speech in favor of a more unconventional presentation.
Henry Reed leads the crowd in singing The Negro National Anthem.
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First, click the links and engage with the materials pertaining to James Weldon Johnson and Lift Every Voice and Sing. Then, respond to the following prompt by using the “Leave a Reply” feature at the bottom of the page. For full credit, your response must consist of complete sentences and demonstrate active engagement.
After engaging with the above materials, detail your thoughts about the interplay between the poem and the events of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Your response can consist of reactions to the text, an examination of the words in the poem, the effects of the musicians’ performances, and/or an investigation of Johnson’s life.
For full credit, you MUST include the following:
– At least one quotation (with page numbers) from Angelou’s text!
– Specific references to the supplemental materials used!
– A demonstration of critical inquiry!