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The readings from Graduation Day by Maya Angelou and On Becoming A Chicano by Richard Rodriguez were different but they the same point across They were of different cultures race and time era and they both overcame adversity to excel in their schooling Maya Angelou excelled greatly in what at that time was great for her services She praised by her family friends and teachers for her excellent grades in all of her studies Richard Rodriguez had what seemed to be a rocky start He was slow to learn because he knew little English in school that is until the grammar-school nuns visited his parents and convinced them to speak in English At these parts in time they both had come to a realization Maya realized role of her culture and race provided for society and Richard was slowly drifting away from his family and culture to where he was shunned by Hispanics and Euro-Americans Further along in their lives Maya Angelou continued to work the same horrible backbreaking labors jobs that African Americans did at that time Richard Rodriguez furthered his education by continuing on to college and a scholarship trip to England Maya retained a grasp onto her culture while Richard lost his even more He was yearning for a Chicano past But could only get it through a museum They both overcame the adversity of the Gringos and schooling by Caesar The read the world as it was and is and led prosperous prosperous not pertaining by Caesars definition lives
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