“I don’t think that the caged bird flings a prayer up to heaven…the caged bird sings about freedom all the time, and that song was so rich and so beautiful, that I knew that was the title." 

-Maya Angelou on titling her 1969 autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

Listen to Angelou’s 1970 interview with Studs Terkel in remembrance of her remarkable life and works.