Study Guide

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Characters

By Maya Angelou

Marguerite Ann Johnson (Maya/Ritie)

Maya is a total dork. And boy do we love us some dorks.This girl is nearly the valedictorian of...

Annie Henderson (Momma)

Momma is one tough cookie—she has to be. Sure, soccer moms today have a lot on their plate...

Bailey Johnson Jr.

Bailey Jr. is a total stud-to-be. He has curly black hair, smooth dark skin, and he's just...

Vivian Baxter Johnson

Vivian is a force of nature. We'd like to take credit for that metaphor, but Angelou beat us to...

Bailey Johnson (Daddy Bailey)

Maya's father breezes into Stamps like a storm. He's tall, good-looking, drives a fancy car, and...

Mrs. Bertha Flowers

Maya has a total girl-crush on Mrs. Flowers. This lady is beautiful, genteel, and poised. She...

Daddy Clidell

Remember all that stuff about Daddy Bailey? Okay, now take all of that, reverse it, and you have...

Mr. Freeman

Mr. Freeman is Vivian's boyfriend and Maya's rapist. Before the rape, Mr. Freeman's defining...

William Johnson (Uncle Willie)

Willie is Maya's uncle. And we're not talking Baxter-style uncles, who are totally mean and can...

Minor Characters

Maya's uncles are known for three things: their high status jobs, their respected family, and...