Acclaimed poet Maya Angelou grew up in the segregated South amid appalling injustice. Sent at age three to live with her grandmother in Arkansas, she witnessed the Ku Klux Klan's lynch mobs, the open racism of her white neighbors, and the indignity of her grandmother being ridiculed by white children. The violence she experienced was not just social but personal. At the age of eight, she was raped by her mother's boyfriend and retreated from the world by refusing to speak. As she tells her vivid story, Angelou draws upon her inner strength to show how her love of words saved her. The books she read inspired her to tell her own story and to rise above her painful past and the prejudice everywhere around her. A book that speaks to anyone who has experienced injustice and suffering, this American classic touches hearts and changes lives.