What Does Joe Louis Represent In I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

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Two men represent their communities in different ways. Joe Louis represented the Black community in a boxing match. For instance, the boxing match between Louis and Carnera, was important to the Black community because Louis, a black boxer, represented them when he fought a white boxer. In the book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou writes, “My race groaned. It was our people falling…A Black boy whipped and maimed.” (135). At this moment, Louis was almost robbed of his title. This would have been another injustice on the Black community, the referee signaled the contender to stop, and he continued hitting Louis (135). Also, not only were the Black community supporting one of there own, but wanted the sense of defeating the White
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