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The events encounters and the environment that you are in are all things that shape your life in both positive and negative ways Maya Angelou the author of the autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings did not have a fairy tale childhood There were valuable lessons learned by Maya from the events that she faced from the people she met and from the places she journeyed Everything that happened to her made her stronger and created the person that Mrs Angelou grew to be and whom she became Maya was faced with many different events many which challenged her When Marguerite was only a child her parents sent her and her brother Bailey to live with their grandparents in Stamps Arkansas Maya did not experience a family with a mother and father She did not even know her parents until her father came and took her and Bailey to St Louis The adolescent girl was moving again Living with her mother and her mothers boyfriend Mr Freeman would change her life forever after she was raped by Mr Freeman Maya moved to Stamps after St Louis but later she went to live with her mother in Los Angles California Living in California was nothing like outdated Stamps Marguerite Angelou moved around numerous times giving her more experiences than she would find in StampsMaya encountered many different people many different kinds of people Mayas grandmother shaped her life immensely Mayas grandmother raised her and taught her about only good she gave Maya a good home when she needed one and taught her to be a good person At a picnic in Stamps young Maya met Louise her best friend Louise was someone Angelou could talk to and share her secrets with One of Mayas most important encounters was her parents first her father and then her mother Mrs Angelous father was a tall handsome man she thought very highly of him when
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