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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (a slave named Celia)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (a slave named Celia)

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April is Rape and Sexual Abuse Awareness month as well as National Poetry month in the United States. Celia was a young woman of African descent purchased by a 60 year old white man named Robert Newsome to be a concubine. She was raped by Newsome repeatedly. One night when he was forcing himself on her she hit him in the head with a stick and he died. She was put on trial and hung rather than being found innocent because she was defending herself. That's what would happen if a white woman killed a man who was in the act of raping her at this time... They wouldn't serve anytime and they most certainly wouldn't' have been killed but Celia wasn't considered a woman--- she was property. Maya Angelou herself was raped as a child. She was 8 years old and she was raped by her mother's boyfriend. She wrote about it in "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings". For this piece in my "Booked" Series I made young Maya looking up to a hanging Celia who was kept caged in a cabin behind Robert Newsome's home four 5 years, being victimized and dehumanized until she finally was able to hit him with something hard enough to...

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