Welcome back to Kaepernick's Reading List, a book group for curious people interested in justice and equality (a love for football is optional). Join us the last Sunday of every month in reading some of the books that inspired Colin Kaepernick to activism. We'll continue our search for insight and equity by reading and discussing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou on Sunday, February 25th at 7pm.
You can find out more about the list here.
With I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou shone a light on the hardships of the rural South with vivid prose that captured the very dust of the landscape and the deepest despair of residents victimized by Jim Crow-era oppression. And yet, against this backdrop, she explored the depth of family strength and wisdom—the very essence of her own perseverance and transcendence—through the words of her grandmother (Momma), her brother (Bailey), and her mother (Lady)—all larger-than-life figures whose characters impressed not only the young Maya, but so many of us reading their words on the page.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a remarkable testimony to the resilience of the human spirit. And with its exploration of the power of each individual’s voice, its celebration of our collective strength, and its dynamic portrayal of an extraordinary woman’s life, this seminal work is as relevant to today’s audiences as ever.