All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes

by Maya Angelou
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Last Updated on May 7, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 188

The characterizations presented in All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes differ from Angelou's other autobiographies in that the familiar family figures are not prominent. Other than her son Guy, the persons featured are new and old friends. Angelou attracts people, and each of her books presents a wide cross-section of her encounters. She seems to find warm supportive friends wherever she goes and meets whoever of importance passes her. Alice, Vicki, Efua, Julian, and Ana Livia Mayfield, all enrich this segment of Maya's life.

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Angelou also directs her attention to the Ghanian people. She liked not only the Ghanian domestic and foreign policies, but the people captivated her and reminded her of her relatives in America:

Their skins were the colors of my childhood cravings: peanut butter, licorice, chocolate and caramel. Theirs was the laughter of home, quick without artifice. The erect and graceful walk of the women reminded me of my Arkansas grandmother, Sunday-hatted, on her way to church. I listened to men talk, and whether or not I understood their meaning, there was a melody . . . reminding me of my Uncle Tommy Baxter in Santa Monica, California.

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