After experiencing trauma at eight years old, Maya Angelou fell silent. Although her voice would later become one of her greatest assets as a poet and activist, she did not speak for five years out of fear. This story explains how Angelou gathered the courage to confront her fear by embracing her love of language.
Mature Themes: sexual assault.
Before Maya Angelou could become a voice for the voiceless, she had to overcome her fear of speaking.