This is Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise," which is a poem that reflects the oppression she faced and how she dealt with it. Mama would view her as a role model because Maya is not afraid to be who she is and she is proud of where she came from. Mama wants the pride of her family to live on through generations, and wants to feel just as worthy as white people. Maya's attitude would inspire Mama to realize all that she has done for her family and that her race is nothing to be ashamed of.
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Ruby Bridges was only six. People tried to hit her with sticks. Hateful words at her thrown Hate to all with her skin tone. The first stanza of an original poem written for a Black History Month program. Can also be used as an introduction to a unit on the Civil Rights Movement, Ruby Bridges or or character education unit.
1858 – She refused to give up her seat or ride in the “colored” section of a segregated trolley car in Philadelphia (100 years before Rosa Parks) and wrote one her most famous poems, “Bury Me In A Free Land,” when she got very sick while on a lecturing tour. Her short story “The Two Offers” became the first short story to be published by an African American.