History through a Horrid Tragidy on a small Child, in a Narrative by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now and Rita Couburn Hach.-Drector of Maya Angelou, Sundance movie “Still I Rise.
RITA COBURN WHACK: She’s being handed off. I think the overarching thing that’s happened in her life is that she’s experienced a lot of rejection, she’s experienced abandonment, she’s experienced not being accepted, from that racism to even inside her home. And so, when we start the film with one of her quotes—”You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated”—it sums up how she lived her life.
AMY GOODMAN: “She was raped as a child by her mother’s boyfriend”.
RITA COBURN WHACK: Yes, at seven.
AMY GOODMAN: She—at seven years old. She didn’t speak for the next five years?
This causing an inner greifbthat her mouth could cause such horror, she no longer spoke, sister went silent for 5 years. If not for a teacher in the neighborhood who insisted she could talk we do not know the outcome.
All this silence caused by the tragedy added to sisters e.g., Maya Angelou personal scholastic reading, from Shakespeare to Poetry.