Google honours Maya Angelou with Doodle

Google honours Maya Angelou with Doodle

Google honours Maya Angelou with Doodle

"Born Marguerite Annie Johnson in 1928, her incredible story began with tragedy when a sexual assault at the age of seven rendered her mute for five years". As she was too ashamed to tell any adults, she confided in her brother Bailey instead. "If this book finds its way into the hands of bold, adventurous people, courageous enough to actually get into the kitchen and rattle pots and pans, I will be very happy", Angelou wrote in the introduction to the latter title.

The doodle celebrates what would have been Dr. Angelou's 90s birthday.

Maya Angelou is one America's most legendary figures. 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.

And still, her words rise, today in lush and liquid animation. At that time, Maya and Bailey moved to San Francisco to live with their mother. "And then I thought I would never speak again, because my voice would kill anyone".


The author wrote a total of seven autobiographical books, starting with 1969's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, detailing her younger life while dealing with subjects such as rape and racism, which brought her worldwide acclaim. She later changed her name while working as a singer in a nightclub.

Maya moved to NY in 1959, to concentrate on her writing career, and joined the Harlem Writers Guild.

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

In early 1968, Dr. King asked Angelou to tour the country to promote the SCLC, but she postponed in order to plan her birthday party. She was an eloquent and articulate poet, who used her voice to weave tales that resonated with African-Americans across the nation. She was also a coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and organized with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was only the second time a poem had been recited at an inauguration, the first being Robert Frost's recital at President John F Kennedy's ceremony in 1961. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her poetry collection, "Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie", and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

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