Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

Google celebrates the life of Maya Angelou with new Doodle

Google celebrates the life of Maya Angelou with new Doodle

Oprah Winfrey is also quoted: "Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it's how she did it all".

Keys said she was "honoured to be able to say her words". She said it was the one of the best decisions she ever made.


Born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928, in St Louis, Missouri, before being raised in Arkansas, Angelou's life took a tragic turn when she was sexually assaulted aged just 7-years-old. When he was released, he was beaten to death.

Google writes: "Today's video Doodle celebrates Dr. Maya Angelou on what would have been her 90th birthday". Celebrities, public figures and fans all over the world are today remembering her incredible words, work and spirit, and Google have dedicated today's doodle to her. The man was killed by her uncles when she revealed about the incident. "And then I thought I would never speak again, because my voice would kill anyone". Her marriage ended, and she went on to study dance, working on TV and recording her first album. She also spoke several languages. Everything she represented as a woman, her creativity, her story, who she is. She was also one of the first African-American female members to join the Directors Guild of America after releasing her 1972 film titled Georgia, Georgia about an interracial romance.


She was even nominated for a Tony Award in 1973 for best Supporting or Featured Actress for her role in the play Look Away. Maya worked for Martin Luther King, Jr. as the Northern Coordinator for Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Angelou was friends with James Baldwin and had planned to help Malcolm X build the Organization of Afro-American Unity, a new civil rights organization, shortly before his assassination. In early 1968, Dr. King asked Angelou to tour the country to promote the SCLC, but she postponed in order to plan her birthday party.


When her doodle is clicked it leads to a page of the stars reading Angelou's poem while illustrations fill the screen. It was only the second time a poem had been recited at an inauguration, the first being Robert Frost's recital at President John F Kennedy's ceremony in 1961. "If this book finds its way into the hands of bold, adventurous people, courageous enough to actually get into the kitchen and rattle pots and pans, I will be very happy", Angelou wrote in the introduction to the latter title. "All people's hands. People who would never buy a book".

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