Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
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Google Celebrates Dr. Maya Angelou with Doodle

Google Celebrates Dr. Maya Angelou with Doodle

The first verse is read by Angelou herself, while the rest of the poem is read by Angelou's impressive fan base, including Oprah Winfrey, Laverne Cox, Alicia Keys, Angelou's son, Guy Johnson, Martina McBride, and America Ferrera.

Dr. Maya Angelou was a phenomenal woman who lived a full life that, while filled with enormous pain, also created a woman who could smile and laugh so broadly.

On what would have been Maya Angelou's 90th birthday, Google honors the poet, author and civil rights activist with an artful piece of animation set to her empowering poem "Still I Rise". Her poem, Phenomenal Woman remains one of her enduring works and on her birth anniversary, we bring to you some snippets of poems by other female poets. From 2009 to 2012, she was an award-winning syndicated columnist for a number of daily newspapers from NY to Texas.

Google Doodle has honoured the life and achievements of Dr Maya Angelou with a attractive video clip of her poem "Still I Rise".

Maya Angelou is an important figure in the history of the U.S. She was a poet, singer, writer and wore many other hats during her life.


"Du Bois said I was an experienced journalist, wife of a freedom fighter, and an expert administrator", Angelou said. Her life was a true testament to the power of the Black woman. Everything she represented as a woman, her creativity, her story, who she is. While on a visit to her mother, Maya was sexually abused by her mother's partner. "She is a national treasure we should always celebrate". "She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence, and a fiery, fierce grace and abounding love", Winfrey said.

And still, her words rise, today in lush and liquid animation. She recognized that unlike positive virtues, neither greed nor hatred has to be taught; they come naturally and have to be untaught in order to free their possessor of their burdensome weight and baggage.

Through her works, Dr. Angelou gave a voice to millions.

Angelou is best known for her writing - having penned more than 30 books and received more than 50 honorary degrees. "You're going to take a minimal role in a play going on the road when we're offering you a principal role for a Broadway play?,'" Angelou recalled to NPR.

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