Momma is Bailey and Maya’s paternal grandmother, who cares for them for most of their childhoods in Stamps, Arkansas. She is one of the only black storeowners in the area and deeply respected by the black community. She is a devoutly religious woman, and strict with her grandkids, but also ruthlessly protective of them. Eventually she sends Bailey and Maya away to be with their parents in California when it becomes clear that Arkansas is an unsafe place for them to live.
Momma (Annie Henderson) Quotes in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings quotes below are all either spoken by Momma (Annie Henderson) or refer to Momma (Annie Henderson). 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 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.
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Chapter 17 Quotes
Momma (Annie Henderson) Character Timeline in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The timeline below shows where the character Momma (Annie Henderson) appears in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...is three and Bailey is four. They’d been sent on the train to live with their grandmother after their parents had decided to divorce. Years later, Maya writes, she would discover that... (full context)
...had “messed with” a white woman today. He, with a condescending kind of benevolence, tells Momma she better hide Willie, because “the boys” would be in town tonight. “The boys” are... (full context)
...is their elder. One afternoon a group of powhitetrash children comes down the street toward Momma’s house. Marguerite is nervous and Momma tells her to go inside the house; Marguerite obeys,... (full context)