Easter Sunday Maya runs out of the church because she forgot the poem she was supposed to recite for the whole congregation
Chaper 1, pg. 6
When Bailey was four and Maya three they were shipped off to live with their grandparents after their parents got divorced.
Chapter 2, pg. 12-13
When strangers walk into the store, Maya's uncle protects her by making it seem like she was in school, but left quickly because she wanted to play like normal children. In actuality, she worked at the store and didn't attend school.
Chapter 3, pg. 17-18
Maya and her family is instructed to hide Uncle Willie because another negro man went after a white women. The sheriff was concerned they would come and try to harm Willie and he wanted to make sure he was alright.
Maya and her family go to accuse Mr. Freeman of rape in court
Maya and her grandmother attend a funeral. It was Maya's first and she hoped it would be her last.
Maya becomes aquainted with Mrs, Flowers he wants to help Maya with her problems and to overcome all she has been through
During a church service, an uproar occurs when a deacon and minister start fighting after the deacon hits the pastor. Maya and Bailey find the situation hilarious and burst out laughing.
Maya and her brother Bailey receive Christmas presents from their parents in California
Maya's father comes to Stamps and surprises his whole family. At first Maya doesn't know who he is.
A group of white girls come by and start tormening Maya's grandmother, despite their many ciriticisms Momma holds her tongue and treates them respectfully.
Maya and her family return to Stamps after the court appearance. Maya wished to be seculded from the world so when people ask questions Bailey answers them for both of them
Maya serves ladies a luncheon with Mrs, CUllien and wealthy white woman who emplys her
After being late to come back home Bailey reveals the true reason he was late, The actress he saw in the movie reminded him of their mother and he wanted to remember what she was like, so he stayed for the second showing of the film
Maya and Bailey go along to a revial meeting being help in their town along with several other memebers of their church.
Maya and her family attend the summer picnic and she meets her first friend, Louise.
A black man wins the World Championship fighting for the first time. Maya feels not only did he prove that the blacks can win but also that they are the most powerful of all people.
Bailey becomes aquainted with a girl named Joyce. Soon they start to like eachother; she is considered Bailey's first love.
Maya celebrates her promotion from the 8th grade and her birthday on the same day.
Maya goes to the dentist, but after the dentist refuses to help her, Momma orders that the dentist leave town.
Bailey is traumatized after he finds a dead black man in the white part of town. He said he had been there so long he started to rot.
Maya and Bailey move to LA with their mother while their permanent housing arrangments are being settled in San Francisco
WW2 begins and Maya notices a change in the San Franciso society and town.
Maya is finally introduced to her step-dad's friends who are professional con artists.
Maya gets to go to Mexico with her father while visiting him. She is excited, but at the same time doesn't know what to expect.
Maya and Delores get in a fight after she and her father return from Mexico. Delores stabs Maya in the side out of rage.
After her stab wound is taken care of Maya leaves and goes to live on the streets for 1 month. She doesn't tell anyone where she is or where she was going.
After living on the street for one month Maya decides to go home to Bailey and her mother.
Maya goes out looking for a job as a trolly car conductorette. Though no one believes she will get the job, Maya is determined to prove them wrong.
Maya decides she wants a boyfriend. When no one wants her she switches to another method. She has sex with a boy down the street and 3 weeks later descovers she is pregnant.
Maya has her son and starts her new life of being a mom.