All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes
Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas is the rollicking, dramatic story of Maya Angelou's entry into show business, and her tour through Europe and Africa with the talented cast of Porgy and Bess. Angelou juxtaposes the larger-than-life personalities of the cast members with audiences who'd rarely seen black people before, for a poignant and exciting story. The tour is dampened only by her nagging guilt that she has once again abandoned the person she loves most in life, her son.All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes takes Maya to Ghana, where she joins a community of black Americans. In a vivid celebration of the sights, sounds, and feelings of Africa, Maya Angelou also explores what it means to be African-American on the mother continent, where color no longer matters, but where American-ness asserts itself in ways both puzzling and heartbreaking. Once again, she longs for home.