Maya Angelou honored with Google Doodle on her 90th birthday

Maya Angelou honored with Google Doodle on her 90th birthday

Google said in its description: "During those years books and poetry became her solace and constant companions, eventually helping her find her voice again to embark upon an intellectual and creative journey that defies description".

Her death happened on May 28, 2014.

After actors spotted her singing in a nightclub and asked if she could dance, Angelou got her foot in the door to join a touring company for Porgy and Bess.

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 global acclaim.

Angelou was immortalised in a Google Doodle to celebrate what would have been her 90th birthday.

Angelou became a voice for women and African-American people who championed for women's rights and gender equality. "She advocated against war and campaigned for universal peace", Google continued. She was close friends with Malcolm X.

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She was awarded the Spingram Medal in 1994 and the National Medal of arts in 2000. For more than 30 years, in lieu of celebrating her birthday, Angelou sent flowers to Coretta Scott King on April 4.

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.

"Maya Angelou, I love her so much. Everything she represented as a woman, her creativity, her story, who she is", says Keys. She was a renaissance woman of all types, she recreated though levels, all angles, all places in her mind. After finding out that her uncle had killed her attacker, she believed that her words had murdered a man and fell silent. I count myself very blessed to be one of the ones chosen to be a part of this. "No, I didn't. I grew up in her light".

"Dr. Angelou's work is filled with such incredible wisdom and spiritual teachings". Ultimately, she learned to speak French, Spanish, Hebrew, Italian, and Fante (a dialect of Akan native to Ghana). "She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence, and a fiery, fierce grace and abounding love", Winfrey said.

Her autobiographical novel, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, catapulted Maya into the public eye. Angelou's son Guy Johnson also participated in the recording.

Johnson, who partnered with Google on the Doodle with his wife Stephanie Floyd-Johnson, also commented on his mother and her legacy.

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