Dr. Maya Angelou was a phenomenal woman who lived a full life that, while filled with vast pain, also created a woman who could smile and laugh so broadly. For more than 30 years, in lieu of celebrating her birthday, Angelou sent flowers to Coretta Scott King on April 4.
"Through her works, Dr. Angelou gave a voice to millions". Her vast impact on popular culture was also felt through a host of award nominations, public accolades, and more than 50 honorary degrees.
Angelou read the poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at the 1993 inauguration of President Bill Clinton, and was honored in 2011 by Barack Obama with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
When the truth finally struck her, Angelou ran out of her apartment and, with her neighbors, walked to Harlem to mourn King's death, according to her biography written by Donna Brown Agins.
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The lovely cartoon depicts images accompanying the powerful words of Angelou's famous poem ' And Still I Rise', recited by a series of well-spoken voices. She championed women's rights and gender equality. Maya wrote about how her mother's boyfriend raped her when she was just 8 years old.
We celebrate the best of Google's graphic art works. She was an eloquent and articulate poet, who used her voice to weave tales that resonated with African-Americans across the nation. "She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence, and a fiery, fierce grace and abounding love", Winfrey said. She recognized that unlike positive virtues, neither greed nor hatred has to be taught; they come naturally and have to be untaught in order to free their possessor of their burdensome weight and baggage. After finding out that her uncle had killed her attacker, she believed that her words had murdered a man and fell silent. She saw all our differences in language, orientation and perspective as an indication of the richness of our imagination and creativity, and as elements of our nature that we should celebrate.
"Caged Bird" from SHAKER, WHY DON'T YOU SING? by Maya Angelou, copyright © 1983 by Maya Angelou.
Despite struggling to make ends meet, Dr. Angelou didn't give up on her love of poetry, music, and dance. She also wrote several books of essays, as well as screenplays and children's novels.