Happy Birthday, Maya Angelou!

Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928, exactly ninety years ago. She played many roles throughout her life, including being a streetcar conductor, a singer, and a journalist.  However, while she did not begin writing in earnest until a bit later in her life, it is her role as an author and poet that allowed her to leave her greatest mark on the world.   Her first book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings gained her mainstream attention as an author following its publication in 1969, and she went on to publish six more autobiographical works in addition to …

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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928, exactly ninety years ago. She played many roles throughout her life, including being a streetcar conductor, a singer, and a journalist.  However, while she did not begin writing in earnest until a bit later in her life, it is her role as an author and poet that allowed her to leave her greatest mark on the world.

 

Her first book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings gained her mainstream attention as an author following its publication in 1969, and she went on to publish six more autobiographical works in addition to children’s books, nonfiction, and a wealth of poetry.  Through her writing, she gave a voice to issues such as civil rights and gender equality. She was awarded numerous honors throughout her life, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010.

 

Doodle

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Today, Google is celebrating this phenomenal woman’s birthday with a truly remarkable Google Doodle.  The video Doodle is an animation and recitation of Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise.”  In addition to featuring her own voice reciting the poem, it also includes the voices of Alicia Keys, Oprah Winfrey, America Ferrera, Laverne Cox, Martina McBride, and Guy Johnson, Angelou’s son.  If you haven’t watched it already, do yourself a favor and watch it right now!

 

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