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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Chapter 18 Summary

It's just another weekday evening. People are returning from work, tired, dirty, but excited. Tonight is revival night.
Think of the revival as a mega-church service, outside, under a tent, on a weekday night. Maya gives us a play-by-play of the service and it is totally worth reading, especially for the Pastor who seems like he came straight from TBN.
The sermon is about God punishing the mean white people while the black people get to party in Heaven.
Everyone can't wait for their big angel party. But soon enough, reality sets back in, and their buzz gets totally killed.
Maya realizes that the people at the revival and the people at the less-PC parties in town are all just trying to escape.

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