This is an educational play about the life of Maya Angelou from 1960- 1969. It focuses on the events in her life that ultimately led to her writing the famous autobiography, "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings". There are 12 speaking roles and several crowd scene for non-speaking roles. The events covered in the play include Maya Angelou meeting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Dr. W.E.B. Dubois. There are also scenes depicting her reaction to the deaths of Dr. King and Malcolm X. This play also includes shortened versions of Maya Angelou's poems "Caged Bird", "Still I Rise" and "When Great Trees Fall".
This play can be used for a Black History Month project or performance. It can also be used as a literacy center. To get the most out of this play, I recommend that students research individuals and the different events that are depicted and described. This play can be used for MLK Day in January, Black History Month in February, Women's History Month in March and to commemorate the birthday of Maya Angelou and the death of Dr. King which both fall on April 4th. From beginning to end, this play should take about 30 minutes to read through.