Marguerite is mute for some time after this. Some sources say she did not speak for five years. Marguerite describes in detail how she returns to Stamps and is at last able to make two friends: Flowers and Louise Kendricks.
Chapter 16 Maya takes a job in Mrs. Cullinan could not have children and Maya feels pity for Mrs. One day, one of Mrs. Even worse, Maya notes, her name is Marguerite, not Margaret. Cullinan begins calling her Mary, Maya becomes furious. She knows Momma will not allow her to quit, so she decides she must find a way to get fired.
She deliberately slacks in her work, but to no avail. Cullinan drops her veneer of genteel racism and insults Maya with a racist slur. Chapter 17 One evening, Bailey stays out until well after dark.
Willie and Momma do not mention their concern, but Momma takes Maya with her to search for Bailey. They find Bailey trudging home, but he does not offer an explanation for his lateness. He stoically receives a severe whipping, and Maya notes that for days it seems like Bailey has no soul.
Later Bailey explains to Maya that he was late because he had seen a movie starring a white actress, Kay Francis, who looked like Vivian, and he stayed late to watch the movie a second time.
They wait for weeks before another Kay Francis movie comes to the theater. Maya laughs at the irony of a beloved white actress looking just like her black mother. The movie delights Maya, but it saddens Bailey.
On the way home, he frightens Maya by dashing across the tracks in front of an oncoming railway car. Maya wonders if Bailey would ever jump on one of the trains and go away. A year later, he boards a boxcar, but succeeds only in stranding himself in Baton Rouge for two weeks.
Chapter 18 The annual revival meeting interrupts the harsh daily existence in Stamps. People from all the black churches attend. This year, the preacher delivers a sermon admonishing those who practice false charity. Everyone knows it is a diatribe against white Christian hypocrisy.
They give to poor blacks with the expectation that the recipient be humble and self-belittling in return. The sermon promises divine revenge and divine justice.
Afterward, the preacher announces that the unsaved should come forward and choose which church they want to join. Maya remarks that no minister has ever worked to gather members for different churches. She says he is practicing charity.
Afterward, everyone relishes the sensation of righteousness. However, when they pass a noisy, secular, honky-tonk party, they fall silent and bow their heads, sensing again the presence of sin in the black world. Nevertheless, Maya notes that, to an outsider, those who attend the revival and those who visit the honky-tonk that night both appear to be trying to escape their harsh lives.
Chapter 19 My race groaned. It was our people falling. It was another lynching, yet another Black man hanging on a tree. This might be the end of the world. If Joe lost we were back in slavery and beyond help.
See Important Quotations Explained People crowd inside the Store to listen to the heavyweight championship boxing match on the radio, desperately hoping that Joe Louis, a hero for the black community, will defend his title.
Maya explains that if Louis were to lose, everything racist whites say about blacks would be true. His loss would represent and justify another lynching, another raped black woman, another beaten black boy. When Louis wins the fight, everyone in the Store celebrates with abandon.
Maya says that Louis proves that blacks are the most powerful people in the world.
She does not exhibit violent racism, but she perpetrates an indignity that American blacks have faced throughout history. Maya cannot directly demand recognition of her identity, but she finds a subversive form of resistance.Returning to the themes of Chapters 1 and 6, Angelou cross-examines her own attitudes toward Southern black behavior, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou.
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Champion of the World: Summary. Champion of the World is a chapter in the book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. This chapter starts out describing the setting of a current event. This part of the novel takes place in the store owned by the author's grandmother and her Uncle Willie.