Google Doodle Celebrates Maya Angelou's 90th Birthday

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Today’s (Apr. 4) Google Doodle celebrates the 90th birthday of Maya Angelou. The iconic civil rights activist, poet, and author was a powerful symbol for the civil rights movement. She began writing at a young age, and at 15 she repeatedly applied to be a street car conductor. Despite being constantly denied because of her race, her persistence led her to become the first African American to hold the position in San Francisco.

Angelou continued to pursue her interest in art as she matured, becoming a member of the Harlem Writers Guild, and at one point toured the world as a cast member of Porgy and Bess. Her most recognized work, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, was published in 1969 and was nominated for a National Book Award. She received numerous accolades throughout her career, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which President Barack Obama awarded her in 2010. She died four years later at age 86.

When you click on the doodle, Angelou’s legendary poem “Still I Rise,” begins to play. The first verse is read by Angelou herself, but the rest of the poem includes guest appearances from Alicia Keys, America Ferrera, Martina McBride, Laverne Cox, Guy Johnson and Oprah Winfrey. Angelou was an imperative figure in history, and we’re happy to celebrate her day alongside Google.