Because they are so wonderful, so painful, so hopeful.
Maya Angelou (Marguerite Johnson) writes about her personal history, growing up as a black woman in southern US during the 1930’s – 50’s. Her works have been considered as a defense of black culture. They are. And they are more than that. They bring me to a whole new dimension of understanding black history, because they are so personal, so human, so real, so beautifully written – they are poetry and history and diary in one. And by that they are a lesson in the most human quality of all: empathy.
Read those books.