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All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou

All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou


New York : Random House, 1986. First edition, first printing. Stated. Hardcover. 210 pages ; 22 cm. $15.95 dust jacket with minimal wear. An excellent copy with firm binding, clean and unmarked pages.

Poet, musician, performer—Maya Angelou once again resumes one of the great personal narratives of our time: the narrative that began with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas, Gather Together in My Name, and The Heart of a Woman.

In this continuation, Angelou relates how she joins a "colony" of Black American expatriates in Ghana—only to discover "you can't go home again."

Initially, there is the joy of being Black in a place where everyone is Black; the fun of politics and parties, and the sheer, exotic excitement of a magic land. With her poet's voice, Angelou brings alive the accents, colors, and feelings of Africa: the moon "red as fire over black hills"; the laughter-loving young woman whose death proves the reality of the African illusion. A terrifying, inexplicable moment of racial memory on a crumbling bridge. There is a fresh, telling portrait of Malcolm X; a romance with a handsome Muslim; a near tragedy, when Angelou's son is injured in an accident.

And at the end, there is an unsettling ache, "The ache for home which lives in all of us, the place where we can go as we are."

About the Author

MAYA ANGELOU, author of the best-selling I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Gather Together in My Name, Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas and The Heart of a Woman, has also written four collections of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water fore I Diiie, Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit me Well, And Still I Rise, and Shaker Why Don't You Sing? In theatre, she produced, directed and starred in Cabaret for Freedom, in collaboration with Godfrey Cambridge, at New York's Village Gate; starred in Genet's The Blacks at the St. Mark's Playhouse and adapted Sophocles' Ajax, which premiered at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 1974. In film and television, Maya Angelou wrote the original screenplay and musical score for the film Georgia, Georgia, wrote and produced a ten-part TV series on African traditions in American life and participated as a guest interviewer for the Public Broadcasting System program Assignment America. Her renowned autobiographical accounting of her youth, / Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was aired as a two-hour TV special for CBS in April 1979. Other television accomplishments are the five-part miniseries, Three Way Choice, on CBS, for which she was author and executive producer. For PBS she has hosted a study course filmed in thirty half-hour segments, Humanities Through the Arts. In the sixties, at the request of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she became the Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and in 1975 she received the Ladies' Home Journal "Woman of the Year Award" in Communications. She has received numerous honorary degrees, and has lectured at the major American universities. She received the Golden Eagle Award for her documentary, Afro-American in the Arts, for PBS in 1977. She was appointed by President Gerald Ford to the Bicen¬tennial Commission, and by President Jimmy Carter to the Commission of International Women's Year and is on the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute. One of the few women members of the Directors Guild, Maya Angelou is author of the television screenplays I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Sisters. In December, 1981, she was appointed at Wake Forest University the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies, a life¬time appointment.

In 1983, she received the Matrix Award in the field of books from Women in communications, Inc.

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