Prolific poet, writer and civil rights activist Maya Angelou would have turned 90 on 4 April 2018.
To honour and celebrate the phenomenal woman who penned the powerful “Still I Rise,” Google honoured the late Angelou.
On its search homepage, Google’s doodle is of illustrations and animations of Angelou. She died in 2014 at age 86.
The doodle is accompanied by an animated reading of “Still I Rise,” featuring the voices of celebrities she influenced. The voices include Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys, America Ferrera and Laverne Cox. Her only son, Guy Johnson, also lends his voice.
“Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it’s how she did it all,” Winfrey told Google. “She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence, and a fiery, fierce grace and abounding love.”
4 April also marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., a friend of the author’s. For more than 30 years, instead of celebrating her birthday, Angelou sent flowers to Coretta Scott King on 4 April.
During her life, Angelou became a voice for black woman, championing their strength and shining light on their narratives through her works.
Her journey was especially remarkable for the trauma she overcame. Angelou was raped at age 7 by her mother’s boyfriend. That caused her to become mute for six years, and she began writing.
After becoming the first black streetcar conductor in San Francisco and later working for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Angelou became the first black woman to write a best-selling non-fiction book with her memoir ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’.
Her work has earned Grammys, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an NAACP Image Award, and other honours.
TNT salutes Maya Angelou. May her soul rest in peace.