What Was the Purpose of "The Champion of the World" by Maya Angelou in "The Bedford Reader"?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 31, 2020 1:45:27 AM ET

The purpose of "The Champion of the World" is to describe the solidarity and desperation of African Americans in the face of a violently racist Southern United States. In a world in which black men were lynched, black women "ambushed and raped," and black boys "whipped and maimed," the fate of an entire people seems to rest on a boxing match between a black champion and his white contender.