It was also about the slavery laws and the fear that more black men and women would be raped or hung.
If Joe Louis, the colored man about to take place in the boxing match, won then it would be more peace for the black race.
For instance the girl feels that if Joe was to lose the boxing match that African Americans "..back in slavery and beyond help.
It would all be true, the accusations that we were lower types of human beings. Angelou writes with a certain rhythm, Angelou has a unique power to help readers of every kind understand the racial problems that she faced throughout her life.
The very first sentence is a great example to show the eagerness of the crowd by saying, “The last inch of space was filled, yet people continued to wedge themselves along the walls of the Store.” This shows the readers how important it truly was to them.
There is more anticipation leading up to the end of the fight and the crowd listening can’t determine the winner until Joe himself speaks into the microphone at the end of the fight.
In this short story, a white male is beating down an African American male in a boxing match for the title, "..the Negroes around the world who sat sweating and praying..." (Angelou 87).
This translates to the racial aspects of the white society between the African American and racism in the 1930's and 40's.
She is best known for her books, including her series of seven autobiographies, starting with the critically acclaimed I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969).
Angelou wrote collections of essays, including Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now (1993) and Even the Stars Look Lonesome (1997), which writer Hilton Als called her "wisdom books" and "homilies strung together with autobiographical texts".