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Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson would have been celebrating her 90th birthday on today. She was truly an inspiring poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows. Maya Angelou was best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focused on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim.

Google created a stunning doodle in honor of Maya Angelou today! Releasing an audiovisual masterpiece to celebrate what would have been Maya Angelou’s 90th birthday.

The doodle of the poet, civil rights activist and author appears to be a regular illustration, but when you click on it, a reading of one of Angelou’s most-empowering and well-recognized poems, “Still I Rise,” starts to play.

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Check it out at the link below!


The recorded reading uses Angelou’s voice, as well as sections read by Oprah Winfrey, singer Alicia Keys, Angelou’s son Guy Johnson, actress Laverne Cox, actress America Ferrera and singer Martina McBride.


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