Maya Angelou

Celebrating Dr. Maya Angelou’s 90th Birthday

by Teddy Grant, April 4, 2018

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Maya Angelou

Fans of the late great Dr. Maya Angelou are taking to social media to celebrate what would have been her 90th birthday.

The poet, author and civil rights activist, who inspired millions of people with her work, is being honored for her contributions to American society.



Google’s latest doodle celebrates the icon by having Angelou, Alicia Keys, Oprah Winfrey and other notable figures recite her iconic 1978 poem “And Still I Rise.”

Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson in St. Louis, MO, wrote and spoke about her experiences with racism and sexual assault and had lent her voice as a leading advocate for issues that affect women, in particular, Black women.

She became the second poet to read a poem at a presidential inauguration when she recited “On The Pulse of Morning” for President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993.

In 2011, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

She died in May 2014 at the age of 86.





 
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