All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou

By Maya Angelou

All God's youngsters want touring footwear takes Maya to Ghana, the place she joins a neighborhood of black americans. In a brilliant party of the attractions, sounds, and emotions of Africa, Maya Angelou additionally explores what it capability to be African-American at the mom continent, the place colour now not concerns, yet the place American-ness asserts itself in methods either complicated and heartbreaking. once more, she longs for domestic.

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The citizens were engaged in their own concerns. They were busy adoring their flag, their five-year-old independence from Britain and their president. ” Orators, sounding more like Baptist southern preachers than they knew, spoke of Ghana, the jewel of Africa leading the entire continent from colonialism to full independence by the grace of Nkrumah and God, in that order. When Nkrumah ordered the nation to detribalize, the Fanti, Twi, Ashanti, Ga and Ewe clans began busily dismantling formations which had been constructed centuries earlier by their forefathers.

You peepo! You Ghanaians. You got yourself your Kwame Nkrumah, but you got no rye. Last night, you give the peepo cassava. Breakfast you give us garri. Lunch you give us yam. ” She was complaining specifically to the persons in charge who were nowhere to be seen. Miss Baeta had poked her head into the dining room, seen the irate woman, and had hastily withdrawn. Other diners put their heads dangerously close to their plates as if searching for some microscopic intruder in their food. The woman continued.

You haven’t forgotten the essentials. You know about defending yourself. ” When we got out of the car Julian hugged me and we walked together toward The National Theatre of Ghana, a round, white building set in an embrace of green-black trees. Efua Sutherland could have posed for the original bust of Nefertiti. She was long, lean, Black and lovely, and spoke so softly I had to lean forward to catch her words. She wore an impervious air as obvious as a strong perfume, and an austere white floor-length gown.

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