The reason is because of past tradition and history.
Maggie is the youngest daughter who lives at home with her mother and enjoys her lifestyle.
In the story, Mama Johnson has not lived an easy life and describes how she works like a man.
She feels “trapped and ignorant” as she cannot read because “her school was closed and she had completed on the second grade” (Farrell 181).
She really never found out why the school was closed and was unable to finish school because “in 1927 colored asked fewer questions”(Walker 110).
She also loves and respects her heritage and ancestors from the past.
Through heritage, her name was chosen after her aunt and Grandma Dee.
Although, her mother tries to explain how she got her name, she felt like it was not important at all.
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Heritage is defined as something that is or can be inherited; such as in culture, tradition, or it can be something of importance handed down.