I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Study Guide Chapter 6 - Chapter 9 Summary & Analysis

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In Chapter 6, Maya introduces Reverend Howard Thomas, a preacher who comes once every three months to Stamps to preach. Maya and Bailey hate him as he is loud and ungrateful. He also eats their favorite parts of the Sunday chicken when he comes to stay. Bailey and Maya often eavesdrop on Momma and the preacher's conversations. By doing so, they learn much about discrimination throughout the South. During one service, Sister Monroe, a woman who often was overtaken with the spirit, overtook the church with her fervor and actually tore Reverend Taylor's suit. So, when Maya sees Sister Monroe arrive for Thomas' service, she is excited for the festivities. As Thomas preaches, Sister Monroe overtakes him, hitting him and knocking out his teeth. Maya and Bailey are overcome with amusement and are pulled from the church and whipped, still laughing.

In Chapter 7, readers learn that Momma...

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