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

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

"Maya Angelou touched the lives of millions around the globe through her teachings, her writings, her voice, and her actions", Google said before presenting a biography on her career.

When her doodle is clicked it leads to a page of the stars reading Angelou's poem while illustrations fill the screen. Her memoir, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, was adapted into a TV movie in 1979. "For some reason she took a liking to me and went out of her way to extend herself to me and I am forever grateful for that". She redefined black beauty and celebrated African-American oral traditions. Dr. Angelou wrote down her life story, not to be deified, but so that all could see that all people, regardless of their circumstances, their profession, or their disabilities, can rise. She explained: "I thought, my voice killed him; I killed that man, because I told his name".

"Caged Bird" from SHAKER, WHY DON'T YOU SING? by Maya Angelou, copyright © 1983 by Maya Angelou. It feels like the ultimate privilege to have the opportunity to speak her words.

Her life was blighted by tragedy aged just seven when a sexual assault rendered her mute for five years. Adorned with pearls and gold hoop earrings, Maya Angelou's animated counterpart jumps right off the screen. She was an active supporter of the civil right movement and had worked with the Martin Luther King Jr along with Malcolm X.

She was awarded the Spingram Medal in 1994 and the National Medal of arts in 2000.

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Keys said she was "honoured to be able to say her words".

One of her most famous poem, On the Pulse of the Morning, was made for an recited at President Bill Clinton's inaugural ceremony in January 1993. Her marriage ended, and she went on to study dance, working on TV and recording her first album. She saw one of our greatest challenges was learning to love ourselves, then having the courage and the wisdom to love others.

Angelou is best known for her writing - having penned more than 30 books and received more than 50 honorary degrees.

Besides being an author and actress, some of her other jobs included being a fry cook, sex worker, nightclub dancer and performer, a coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and journalist in Egypt and Ghana during decolonization in Africa. "All people's hands. People who would never buy a book".


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