Oprah and Alicia Keys read Maya Angelou poem in stunning Google Doodle

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

And while there are several women poets one is indebted to, the contribution of Maya Angelou can not be denied. Maya was born April 4, 1928, and died May 28, 2014. "During those years, however, 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".

After becoming the first black streetcar conductor in San Fransisco and later working for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Angelou became the first black woman to write a bestselling nonfiction book with her memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Six other autobiographical works followed, in addition to poetry, children's literature, and non-fiction (even cookbooks!).

Google celebrates John Harrison's 325th birthday. This is a deserved tribute to a woman who overcame much adversity and still managed to significantly contribute to the #Civil Rights movement. She was an eloquent and articulate poet, who used her voice to weave tales that resonated with African-Americans across the nation. "She advocated against war and campaigned for universal peace", Google continued. She was also good friends with James Baldwin, who helped get her first book published. She became the first poet to make an inaugural recitation in three decades when Bill Clinton became President in 1992.

But her hard upbringing was something poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou took in her stride.

When she was just eight years old, Maya was raped by Vivian's boyfriend, a man named Freeman. And when a woman writes, she not only takes charge of voicing her own stories but also asserts her presence. She was a renaissance woman of all types, she recreated though levels, all angles, all places in her mind. In her 1996 GLAAD speech, she famously said, "I am gay". I count myself very blessed to be one of the ones chosen to be a part of this.

She once told Oprah Winfrey the reason why she wanted the job: "I loved the uniforms".

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"Dr. Angelou's work is filled with such incredible wisdom and spiritual teachings. She is brilliant.I am honored to be able to say her words", Keys said.

Today is a celebration of her bright light, a light that will continue to shine.

How did Maya Angelou become an author? "She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence, and a fiery, fierce grace and abounding love", Winfrey said.

A humanitarian, Angelou served the world when she went to Ghana as an assistant administrator for the School of Music & Drama at the University of Ghana.

Others enlisted to read the poem include America Ferrera, Martina McBride, and Angelou's son, Guy Johnson.

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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