Summary Of Graduation Day By Maya Angelou

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The Value of Education
Americans in the 1940’s valued education in a different way than they do today. Americans of that era considered graduating from the eighth-grade the completion of public schooling for many. In her memoir “Graduation Day,” Maya Angelou describes the events and excitement leading up to and including her eighth-grade graduation ceremony. The events that take place at her graduation transform Angelou’s views of her education in a profound manner. The value Angelou places on her education increases throughout the events of her graduation.
Angelou’s value of education strengthens when her community celebrates and encourages her scholastic accomplishments and her continuing education. Angelou’s value of education progresses from an already elevated level. The patrons of the family store display support for Angelou’s educational ventures by gifting money to her “… with the instruction ‘keep on moving to higher ground’” (Angelou, 2014, p. 183). The people of the store see the value in continuing Angelou’s education. The people want Angelo to achieve a better means of living than they themselves could afford; they know that her education would play a key role. This encouragement strengthens the value she places on education when she realizes the overwhelming support her community provides. Similarly, Angelou’s family bolsters the value she places on education. The growth comes when she receives “… a soft-leather-bound copy of a collection of poems by Edgar

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