legendary author, Maya Angelou, who died at the age of 86, on May 28, 2014 was celebrated by google as today’s doodle.
She was born on April 4, 1928, at St. Louis, Missouri in the United States of America. She attended California Labor School, George Washington High School.
Before her death, she published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry and was also credited with a list of plays, movies and television shows spanning over 50 years.
Angelou until her death was respected as a spokesperson for the black race and women.
Angelou knew Dr King and helped organise the Cabaret For Freedom concert in 1960 to raise funds for his Southern Christian Leadership Conference. She was a major figure in the movement in her own right as well as a champion of women’s rights and gender equality.
Google recruited a star studded cast, including Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys, and Laverne Cox, to read Angelou’s famous poem “Still I Rise.”
Others enlisted to read the poem include America Ferrera, Martina McBride, and Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson.
Speaking to Google about the poet, Oprah said:
Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it’s how she did it all. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence, and a fiery, fierce grace and abounding love.
Maya Angelou won several prestigious awards which include; Presidential Medal of Freedom, Marian Anderson Award, Langston Hughes Medal, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, Spingarn Medal , NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction, Quill Award for Poetry, Women in Film Crystal Award, The BET Honors Award for Literary Arts, Glamour Award for The Poet as well as NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work-Poetry.t