Maya Angelou quotes: Inspiring words to mark her 90th birthday

Maya Angelou quotes: Inspiring words to mark her 90th birthday

Google writes: "Today's video Doodle celebrates Dr. Maya Angelou on what would have been her 90th birthday". Here's what you need to know about Maya.

Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 as Marguerite Annie Johnson.

Those who read I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings know that Angelou was sexually assaulted at the age of seven, and that experience rendered her non-verbal for five years.

After becoming the first black streetcar conductor in San Fransisco and later working for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Angelou became the first black woman to write a bestselling nonfiction book with her memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. It tells the story of her life up to the age of 17.

Having written song lyrics for many years, Maya started developing her writing skills and became one of the black writers linked to the civil rights movement.

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Her books explore the issues of race, identity, family and travel.

She wrote more than 30 books and was a Grammy victor for three spoken-word albums.

She lived in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she was a professor of American studies at Wake Forest University.

Four years later, without warning, their dad Bailey Johnson Sr came to Stamps and took the kids to live with their mum Vivian Johnson.

Although she learned pride and self-confidence from her grandmother, her life was turned upside-down when she was raped at the age of eight by her mother's boyfriend while visiting St Louis. He was imprisoned and later beaten to death after released from jail. She was also the recipient of numerous honors during her lifetime.

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"You may shoot me with words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still like life, I'll rise".

She said: "I thought, my voice killed him, I killed that man, because I told his name". She later changed her name while working as a singer in a nightclub. Dr. Maya Angelou used words to craft the most wonderful, gripping poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

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

She later released Miss Calypso.

In 1968, Martin Luther King asked Maya to organise a march. In her 1996 GLAAD speech, she famously said, "I am gay". It is now being shared on Google's United States home page and almost all of its worldwide home pages.

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Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys and others celebrate the prolific writer with a reading of her famed poem "Still I Rise".

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