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

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GOOGLE MAYA ANGELOU Google Doodle are celebrating her life and achievements

Maya Angelou is an important figure in the history of the U.S. She was a poet, singer, writer and wore many other hats during her life.

Google Doodle is celebrating the life of the iconic poet, author and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou on what would have been her 90 birthday on 4 April 2018.

"Set to her poem "Still I Rise", the Doodle includes her own voice along with the voices of other individuals whose lives she has inspired, and who aspire to live by her legacy today".

"Phenomenal Woman" from AND STILL I RISE: A BOOK OF POEMS by Maya Angelou, copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou. She would book a hotel room, strip the art from the walls and write 10-12 pages a day on a yellow legal pad with a bottle of sherry and a pack of cards for company.

"Through her works, Dr. Angelou gave a voice to millions". Her journey was especially remarkable for the trauma she overcame.

"Maya Angelou, I love her so much".

Today is a celebration of her bright light, a light that will continue to shine.

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

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Maya moved to NY in 1959, to concentrate on her writing career, and joined the Harlem Writers Guild.

Even though she was awarded a scholarship to study #Music And Dance, Maya dropped out of high school and began to work as the first female cab conductor. The traumatic incident left her mute for five years, during which time she took solace in books and poetry, launching her into a lifetime of literature.

Angelou died at the age of 86 in May 2014.

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The author wrote a total of seven autobiographical books, starting with 1969's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, detailing her younger life while dealing with subjects such as rape and racism, which brought her worldwide acclaim. From 2009 to 2012, she was an award-winning syndicated columnist for a number of daily newspapers from NY to Texas.

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. She championed women's rights and gender equality.

In addition to becoming the first poet in three decades to make a recitation at a United States presidential inauguration, she was also the recipient of many awards, public accolades and over 50 honorary degrees.

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