"I know that not since the days of my childhood, when people in books were more real that the people one saw every day, have I found myself so moved."
— James Baldwin
"Full of laughter and tears, love and hate, failures and triumphs, and, above all, understanding."
— John O. Killens
"Gather Together in My Name is part of a select body of literature that includes The Autobiography of Malcom X, Claude Brown's Manchild in the Promised Land, and Ernest J. Gaines's The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Maya Angelou regards the world and herself with intelligence and wit; she records the events of her life with style and grace."
—William McPherson, The Washington Post Book World
"Here the 'caged bird' soars, and sings in a voice as rich and funny, passionate and mellow as any writer I know."
— Shana Alexander