Readers should educate themselves on the black community with more recent publications about racism in America. This will help them better understand the prejudice that the black community still faces. By learning about present threats, people will be better equipped to fight injustice.
Although Maya Angelou was a civil rights activist, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings does not divulge much about her involvement as a civil rights activist. If readers want to educate themselves and see Angelou's activism, they should read her other autobiographies.