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Harlem Hopscotch Summary & Analysis
by Maya Angelou

“Harlem Hopscotch” is a poem written by the American poet, playwright, memoirist, and Civil Rights leader Dr. Maya Angelou. It uses the childhood game of hopscotch as an extended metaphor for how Black Americans must navigate a racist society and what it means to be truly free within such circumstances. "Harlem Hopscotch" was first recorded by Maya Angelou as part of a 1969 spoken word audio collection, The Poetry of Maya Angelou. It was later included in Angelou's first published collection of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie, which appeared in 1971.

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