I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
How we cite our quotes:
"Our Father, thank you for letting me see this New Day. Thank you that you didn't allow the bed I lay on last night to be my cooling board, nor my blanket my winding sheet. Guide my feet this day along the straight and narrow, and help me to put a bridle on my tongue. Bless this house, and everybody in it. Thank you, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, Amen." (1.11)
Momma is pretty serious about this religion thing. She prays, she goes to church, she memorizes Bible verses—the whole shebang. But does she instill these values into Maya?
It seemed that the peace of a day's ending was an assurance that the covenant God made with children, Negroes and the crippled was still in effect. (3.5)
Religion can definitely be a comfort for the disadvantaged. Even if no one else does, God loves people who are not white, able-bodied adults.
Of all the needs (there are none imaginary) a lonely child has, the one that must be satisfied, if there is going to be hope and a hope of wholeness, is the unshaking need for an unshakable God. My pretty Black brother was my Kingdom Come. (4.18)
So Maya has a religion all her own. What is the God that Maya describes here? Does it have anything to do with Momma's religion?