I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is based on the writings of African-American poet/playwright Maya Angelou. Though she eventually became America's poet laureate, Angelou was once just another little black girl growing up in Depression-era Arkansas. Her efforts to better herself run up against the stone wall of bigotry; in addition, the girl is traumatized into sullen silence by a brutal rape. Slowly, and with the loving support of her dedicated mother, Angelou overcomes her many deprivations, and by the time she is a high school senior, she has been elected class valedictorian. Constance Good plays young Angelou in this made-for-TV film, which also stars Esther Rolle, Roger E. Mosley, Diahann Carroll, Ruby Dee and Madge Sinclair. Filmed on location in Vicksburg, Mississippi, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was adapted for television by Ms. Angelou and Leonora Thuna; it was first telecast April 28, 1979.

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Constance Good
as Maya Angelou
Georgia Allen
as Mrs. Gurney
Ruby Dee
as Grandmother Baxter
Roger E. Mosley
as Bailey Sr.
Madge Sinclair
as Miss Flowers
Sonny Jim Gaines
as Uncle Willie
Art Evans
as Principal
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