“Still I Rise” is a poem by Maya Angelou that first appeared in her 1978 poetry collection and gave it its name: And Still I Rise. Like other poems in this landmark collection, “Still I Rise” features a Black female speaker who addresses the patriarchal and racist American society of her time. Though initially defiant and confrontational in tone, the speaker ultimately celebrates the resilience of Black women in her now-famous refrain, “And still I rise.”


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