Inspiring Google Doodle Remembers Maya Angelou on Her 90th Birthday

Maya Angelou

It also features celebrities including Alicia Keys, Oprah Winfrey, Martina McBride and Angelou herself reading the poem. Fully aware she'd face criticism for diminishing her stature with a commercial venture (including from her own publisher at Random House), she responded by saying, "If I'm America's poet, or one of them, then I want to be in people's hands".

The book was a marine success and she was nominated for a National Book Award. On January 20, 1993, she was the first poet in three decades to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration ceremony when she read her poem, "On the Pulse of Morning", which she wrote for President Bill Clinton's inauguration.

When the truth finally struck her, Angelou ran out of her apartment and, with her neighbors, walked to Harlem to mourn King's death, according to her biography written by Donna Brown Agins. The work is part of Angelou's collection "And Still I Rise", which was published 40 years ago this summer. She championed women's rights and gender equality.

After opening up about her early years Maya, who worked as a prostitute and nightclub dancer in her youth, became known as a respected spokesperson for black people and women. She was an eloquent and articulate poet, who used her voice to weave tales that resonated with African-Americans across the nation. "She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence, and a fiery, fierce grace and abounding love", Winfrey told Google.

As a teenager, Maya Angelou earned a scholarship to study dance and drama at the California Labor School, but she briefly dropped out when she was 16 to become a cable auto conductor in San Francisco.

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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Angelou died at her home on May 28, 2014, aged 86.

It was Bailey who gave her the nickname "Maya", which came from "My" or "May Sister". "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. 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.

Angelou once said: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel".

"Phenomenal Woman" from AND STILL I RISE: A BOOK OF POEMS by Maya Angelou, copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou.

"Caged Bird" from SHAKER, WHY DON'T YOU SING? by Maya Angelou, copyright © 1983 by Maya Angelou.

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