Bailey is Maya’s older brother, with whom she has a special kind of familial bond. Bailey looks out for Marguerite when they are children, and Marguerite trusts him more than anyone. Bailey’s experiences growing up as a black boy in the south demonstrate the particular challenges and indignities endured by black men in America.
Bailey Johnson Quotes in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings quotes below are all either spoken by Bailey Johnson or refer to Bailey Johnson. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Bantam Books edition of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings published in 1993.).
Chapter 4 Quotes
Chapter 7 Quotes
Momma intended to teach Bailey and me to use the paths of life she and her generation and all the Negroes gone before had found, and found to be safe ones.
Bailey Johnson Character Timeline in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The timeline below shows where the character Bailey Johnson appears in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...“preach it!” then rises from her seat, evades the ushers, and pursues the Reverend again. Bailey keeps whispering “preach it!” to Marguerite, and she can barely contain her laughter. Sister Monroe... (full context)
...It is likely that Vivien’s brothers killed him. Meanwhile, Vivien also decides that Marguerite and Bailey would be better off in Stamps. Marguerite becomes withdrawn and sullen, and believes she is... (full context)
...to California. Marguerite is fairly certain this decision came about because of an incident involving Bailey. He had been walking home from the movies and had noticed the body of a... (full context)