Poet Maya Angelou and journalist Tom Wicker discuss life in the U.S. South and how the region’s history has shaped its culture. Topics of discussion include social dynamics and race in the South, the concept of “home” and what it means to return to one’s roots, and religion in the South. Angelou reads excerpts of her poetry, including “Still I Rise” and “Phenomenal Woman,” and shares spiritual songs from her childhood.
Author and social critic, Lillian Eugenia Smith, briefly discusses how readers of her books such as "Strange Fruit" and "Killers of the Dream" are deleting the horrors of her writings and making her sweet and she feels punished by this. She believes she is her books and if her books are cruel and nasty and complex, she is too.