Maya Angelou Quotes in Honor of Her 90th Birthday

05 April, 2018, 01:27 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
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Google is honoring renowned author, poet and activist Maya Angelou on what would have been her 90th birthday with a new Doodle.

Excerpt (s) from I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS by Maya Angelou, copyright © 1969 and renewed 1997 by Maya Angelou.

Here's to Dr. Maya Angelou for her courage, compassion, and words, which continue to inspire hope around the world.

She saw that the world was in need of our attention and effort; from the hunger and poverty that are present in so many countries, to our wars, internecine conflicts and indiscriminate terroristic acts, to the destructive pollution, deforestation and the reduction of the biodiversity of the life forms around us. "Everything she represented as a woman, her creativity, her story, who she is", says Keys.

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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.

Her parents were doorman and navy dietitian Bailey Johnson and nurse and card dealer Vivian. Angelou was raped at age 7 by her mother's boyfriend. Ultimately, he served just one day in jail. After he was released from jail, he was nearly immediately murdered. She was sexually assaulted at the age of seven and did not speak for five years.

A quote from Dr Angelou was included in underneath: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel".

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How did Maya Angelou become an author?

The American writer, poet and civil rights activist touched the lives of millions around the globe through her teachings, her writings, her voice, and her actions.

Until then, Maya had been working as a calypso dancer, and released the album Miss Calypso in 1957 - which she later re-released in 1996. Maya worked for Martin Luther King, Jr. as the Northern Coordinator for Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Devastated by his death, Dr. Angelou found solace in writing and penned the highly acclaimed autobiography of her early years, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings". It was on her 40th birthday, April 4, 1968, that Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis.

While Dr. Angelou never placed any real label on her sexuality, she was open about the fact that, as a sex worker, she engaged in sex with other women.

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