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The Baltimore Sun

'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'

In 1983, members of the Alabama State Textbook Committee called for the rejection of Maya Angelou's autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" for "bitterness and hatred toward white people and [because it] encourages deviant behavior because of references to lesbianism, premarital sex and profanity." Above, Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey share the stage while taping the second of two "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular" episodes of the Oprah Winfrey Show at the United Center. Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune