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The People Could Fly
told by Virginia Hamilton

"The People Could Fly" tells of enslaved people who had wings and could fly away to escape the abuses of slavery. One way that enslaved people coped with their horrible living and working conditions was to sing. Go to the Songs link on this site and read some of the lyrics of the spirituals listed there. Then, compose a song or poem to inspire the enslaved people in "The People Could Fly."

Virginia Hamilton
Go to the About link on this site to read about the life of Virginia Hamilton. She states that her childhood memories have fueled her imagination throughout her life. Write a story that relates to one of your fondest childhood memories.