Within this span of her childhood, Angelou portrays the characters whose combined characteristics influence and shape her eventual adult self.
It is important to consider the roles of the females in her life as well as those of the males.
They move into condos up over the ranks, pawn their souls to the local banks.
Buying big cars they can't afford, ridin' around town actin' bored.
In the start of her works, the author can be seen as “fanatically opposed to white people” (Hagen) however, this can be seen changing as the series progresses.
This is not to indicate that the author is somehow racist herself or possess racial hate but it merely indicates the progression of ideas from a young child’s mind to the understanding of an adult person. Number Poem Weekend Glory 26th May, Weekend Glory by Maya Angelou: Some clichty folks don't know the facts, posin' and preenin' and puttin' on acts, stretchin' their backs.
I get my hair done for my own self's sake, so I don't have to pick and I don't have to rake.
Take the church money out and head cross town to my friend girl's house where we plan our round.
Angelou’s public discourse on her personal life made the work all the more interesting and controversial at the same time.
Her efforts over the years through her work and her public dialogue have made her an unofficial spokesperson of African American people and women (Lupton).