Google's homepage features artwork depicting Angelou alongside a start button that, when clicked, begins an art-filled video that features the voices of Angelou and celebrities including Alicia Keys, America Ferrera, Martina McBride, Laverne Cox, Oprah Winfrey and Angelou's son Guy Johnson as they recite Angelou's poem, "Still I Rise". Four days after his release, he was murdered-presumably by one of Angelou's family members-and Angelou blamed herself for his death.
Google is honoring renowned author, poet and activist Maya Angelou on what would have been her 90th birthday with a new Doodle. Over the course of her incredible life, she was a poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. From 2009 to 2012, she was an award-winning syndicated columnist for a number of daily newspapers from NY to Texas. A pragmatic leader of her people, she was the second poet in history to read a poem at a presidential inauguration, and the first African American and woman. Dr. Angelou wrote down her life story, not to be deified, but so that all could see that all people, regardless of their circumstances, their profession, or their disabilities, can rise.
During her life, Angelou became a voice for black women, championing their strength and shining light on their narratives through her works. Her life was a true testament to the power of the Black woman. "She is a national treasure we should always celebrate".
When she was just eight years old, Maya was raped by Vivian's boyfriend, a man named Freeman. "She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence, and a fiery, fierce grace and abounding love", Winfrey said. She said it was the one of the best decisions she ever made. Her journey was especially remarkable for the trauma she overcame.
Angelou died at her home in California on May 28, 2014, aged 86. She saw all our differences in language, orientation and perspective as an indication of the richness of our imagination and creativity, and as elements of our nature that we should celebrate. "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.
You can check out the following collection of Angelou quotes for yourself in the following gallery.