Story by: Maya Angelou • 1903 Annie Johnson lived in Arkansas. • Her husband left her with two young kids and little money. He left to become a priest in Oklahoma. A quote from new directions is she looked up the road she was going and back the way she came and she wasn’t satisfied she decided to step off the road and cut herself a new path. This means that she didn’t want to be like all other women back then. She wanted to be one of a kind. Appearance: Annie was a big-boned African American woman. Actions: She made herself a shop so she could feed her kids and herself. Inner thoughts: She knew she would survive as a single woman. Brave: she was brave to make herself a new path. Strong minded: she was strong minded because she wouldn’t give up no matter what happened. Confident: she was confident that she would prevail. She gets a divorce and she also has to get a job. She gets a divorce because her and her husband are not satisfied with their marriage. She didn’t want to be a household servant so she created her a job making meat pies for the workers at the sawmill and cotton gin. Being a divorced mom with two kids had a major impact on her. She has to face a divorce. This effects her because she has two kids. This changed her because she has to get a job to support her and her kids. She creates her own store to survive.