Momma’s Decision in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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For every child being raised in the foster care system, nearly twenty five children are being cared for by grandparents, who supply their basic needs. Maya Angelou and Bailey Johnson are included in that group, because from a young age Momma, their grandmother, took care When it comes to making difficult decisions Momma always seem to make the right ones, including the choice to send her grandchildren to San Francisco. In I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings , an autobiography by Maya Angelou writes that “In San Francisco, for the first time, perceived myself as part of something” (179). In this quote Maya Angelou describes her overall feelings on the topic of San Francisco and how it changed her life for the better. As a result of Momma choosing the correct path for Angelou and Bailey, they gained freedom, escaped a racist environment in Stamps, Arkansas, and were guaranteed a little bit more protection in San Francisco. As a result of the size of Stamps, and the people that inhabited the town, there was very little you could do without the whole town knowing. Throughout Maya Angelou’s and Bailey’s childhood they were constantly limited by the narrow-minded town and in San Francisco they gained the freedom to expand their minds. In San Francisco they left Momma’s disciplined ways and benefited from Vivian’s laid back ways. Considering this independence that they children were given, they reacted well and due to it, they realized who they were as a person and were able to

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