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Google Doodle: Maya Angelou's son helps illuminate her 90th birthday

Google Doodle: Maya Angelou's son helps illuminate her 90th birthday

While traveling in Egypt, Angelou met and married civil rights activist Vusumzi Make, and, after moving to Cairo, she scored a job as an editor for the Observer after W.E.B.

Maya Angelou was never named an official United States Poet Laureate, but few have reached her level of cultural significance.

During that dark time, books and poetry became her solace and constant companions, eventually helping her find her voice again. In 1969, Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings earned her global acclaim and that and her subsequent works were celebrated around the globe.

Angelou read the poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at the 1993 inauguration of President Bill Clinton, and was honored in 2011 by Barack Obama with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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"Set to her poem "Still I Rise", the Doodle includes her own voice along with the voices of other individuals whose lives she has inspired, and who aspire to live by her legacy today". Maya wrote about how her mother's boyfriend raped her when she was just 8 years old.

Google Doodle has honoured the life and achievements of Dr Maya Angelou with a lovely video clip of her poem "Still I Rise". It tells the story of her life up to the age of 17. After falling in love with a South African civil rights activist, Maya moved to Egypt with her son and her new partner. It's clear that Angelou made people feel a lot-and she will never be forgotten.

Here's to Dr. Maya Angelou for her courage, compassion, and words, which continue to inspire hope around the world. She was an eloquent and articulate poet, who used her voice to weave tales that resonated with African-Americans across the nation. "You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I'll rise".

Born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4th 1928, in St Louis, Missouri, before being raised in Arkansas, Angelou's strength was evident very early on after a traumatic incident where she was sexually assaulted at the age of seven left her mute for five years. "She believed that we are all images of God, no matter how we look or what name we use to call upon the Divine and Sacred Being", he said. After his assassination, Maya continued her involvement in the civil rights movement and went on to work alongside Martin Luther King Jr [VIDEO]. She was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award.


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