Maya Angelou’s Graduation
She expressed her joy by the excitement she felt within and from the gifts she received from her family. He had to save for some moths to buy her a collection of Edgar Allen Poe stories. Her mother made her a delightful Sunday breakfast on Friday and when she opened her eyes from the prayer, she had a new watch on her plate. On the morning of my own graduation, I was startled by my dad yelling …Boy Wake your ASS up before I come in there and put some whoop on your behind!!.
I wanted to tell him that he’s grammatically incorrect because she using the term whoop as a noun when he clearly meant to you it as a verb…nevertheless, you get the point. So I didn’t press my luck. During the actual ceremony Maya Angelo listened to a couple of speakers, one on whom spoke about the predetermined success of the other, mainly the guys, and who would go on to do what. The girls weren’t even spoken about. These words weighed heavy on her and she felt appalled.
Who gave anyone one the right to decide who their heroes should be and where they would or wouldn’t go in life? Its’ very obvious that Maya Angelo’s graduation wasn’t very pleasant to the ears, more of a downer I would say. This was a very different day and time. Now speakers speak about the graduation class in whole. Men and women, white and black are held more equally and there aren’t just “white” heroes given attention to. The celebration that followed the actual ceremony never took place. It wasn’t even something brought to mind.
It seemed as if the graduation itself was the only importance left to graduating class. Unlike today, after graduation there is a big after party, one which I did not attend, only learning of its events from former class mates the following day. I feel that we take a lot for granted these days; Maya Angelo was a product of her environment. I believe here experiences led her to be the poet she is today. She trials and tribulations invoked her to express a feeling on paper that most couldn’t even express verbally. Preamble: A preamble is an introductory and expressionary statement in a document that explains the document’s purpose and underlying philosophy 2. Piteous: Demanding or arousing pity: a piteous appeal for help. 3. Bodice: A bodice, historically, is an article of clothing for women, covering the body from the neck to the waist 4. Mollified: to soften in feeling or temper, as a person; pacify; appease. 2. to mitigate or reduce; soften 5. Presentiment: noun a feeling or impression that something is about to happen, especially something evil; foreboding