How It Feels to Be a Black Woman in America

How It Feels to Be a Black Woman in America

Karen Thompson
Prof. Jones
Ways of Knowing
Spring 2008

Essay 1
Maya Angelou

Essay 2
Zora Neal Hurston
How It Feels To Be Colored Me

Essay 3
Nancy Mairs
On Being Cripple


Maya Angelou


Write a personal essay about an event you anticipated hopefully but that did not fulfill your expectations, incorporating an explanation of our disappointment into your account, as Angelou does.

Getting married is one of the most joyous times in a man or woman’s life. It is the social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc. When I got married March 31st, 2006, I as so excited. My fiancé and I had been together for over 8 years and decided after the birth of our last child to get married. I will never forget the day he proposed. He called the house while I was at work and left a message on the answering machine. He knew that I always get home before him and I always checked the answering machine for any messages. I saw that there were 3 messages. So I played them. The first two were not really important; the last one was from him. So he is going on about how he loves me and how he is ready to take our relationship to the next level and how he was ready to make a new commitment. Then he popped the question on the answering machine. I was so happy. I called him right away and told him yes! By the sound in my voice he already knew I heard the message. Later that night when he got home from work, he took the whole family out to dinner, he bought me flowers and he gave me a new engagement ring to replace the first one he had bought. We had a very lovely evening.
The next day I called my sister and we got right to planning my big day. I decided to have a city hall wedding because financially we were not able to afford a big wedding. So we opted for the justice of peace and we had a sit down dinner at the house for a few...

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