The story of Maya Angelou's relationship with her extraordinary mother Vivian Baxter.
Maya Angelou has chronicled her life in a series of bestselling autobiographies. Now, finally, she shares the deepest personal story of her life - her relationship with her mother, the extraordinary and feisty Vivian Baxter.
"The first decade of the twentieth century was not a great time to be born black and poor and female in St Louis, Missouri, but Vivian Baxter was born black and poor, to black and poor parents. Later she would grow up and be called beautiful."
Read by Adjoa Andoh
Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall
A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.