Maya Angelou honored this Wednesday (04) by Google Doodle. The American poet, memorialist, singer and civil rights activist would turn 90 today. The celebration takes place with an illustrated video with excerpts from the poem Still I Rise, narrated by herself and other women who, inspired by her work, also strive for representation and female empowerment. Among them are presenter Oprah Winfrey, singer Alicia Keys and transgender actress Laverne Cox. The only male voice in the tribute to her only son, Guy Johnson.
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Maya Angelou would turn 90 today Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho
Born in 1921, the real name of the poet Marguerite Annie Johnson. Her childhood was marked by sexual abuse at the age of seven, which made the girl spend five years speechless due to trauma. Books were her main company during this period and helped her to recover her voice. Angelou, however, would still have a series of remarkable experiences in his life.
As a teenager, she became the first black woman and car driver in So Francisco. Among some of her professional activities, Maya Angelou was a singer and danarina de cabar, a journalist in the African continent and a member of the pear Porgy and Bess. From the 1960s onwards, he began to actively participate in the fight for civil rights in the United States, at a time when racial segregation was put in check in the country. During the fight, she became friends with cones like Malcom X and Martin Luther King.
Maya Angelou Photo: Reproduo / Wikipedia
At the same time, Angelou gained notoriety with her work as a writer. In 1969, his book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings earned him international recognition by telling the story of his life until he was 17 years old. The work was the first in a series of seven autobiographies, in which he recounts his experiences from childhood to early adulthood.
In reporting her experiences, the black writer and poet gave voice to millions of other women. And yet, it fought for gender equality, redefined black beauty and celebrated the oral traditions of African-American culture. For these achievements, he received more than 50 honorary titles.
Doodle brings an excerpt from a poem by Angelou narrated by women and their son Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho
Maya Angelou passed away in May 2014, at the age of 86, leaving a legacy and inspiration to men and women. Among them is presenter Oprah Winfrey, one of the narrators of the video-tribute. Maya Angelou on what she did, wrote or said, like how she did it all. She moved around the world with unshakable calm, trust and a fierce and fierce grace and abundant love, he declared.
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