Who is the father of Maya Angelou's son?

The father of Maya Angelou's son is not named and is described only briefly in chapter 35 of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Angelou says that he was a handsome boy and was one of two brothers who lived up the hill from her mother's house. She approached him because she wanted to discover whether she was a lesbian or not, and they had sex only once.

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In chapter 35 of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou describes the father of her son very briefly and does not even give his name. He was one of "two handsome brothers...easily the most eligible young men in the neighborhood" who lived up the hill from her mother's house. Angelou had been concerned that she might be a lesbian and wanted to have a sexual encounter with a man to determine whether this was...

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