Google Doodle: Maya Angelou's son helps illuminate her 90th birthday


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. The work is part of Angelou's collection "And Still I Rise", which was published 40 years ago this summer. The book chronicles Angelou's childhood. Four days after his release, he was murdered-presumably by one of Angelou's family members-and Angelou blamed herself for his death.

Her parents were doorman and navy dietitian Bailey Johnson and nurse and card dealer Vivian. Her journey was especially remarkable for the trauma she overcame.

An exception from the harsh economic times, their grandmother, Annie Henderson, owned a general store and prospered financially.

Today is a celebration of her bright light, a light that will continue to shine. While on a visit to her mother, Maya was sexually abused by her mother's partner. The man was killed by her uncles when she revealed about the incident. Maya did not speak until she was 13-years-old. "She is brilliant.I am honored to be able to say her words".

Writing, as many would agree, is an act of empowerment.

She would go onto to become San Francisco's first female and black streetcar conductor, join the cast of touring opera Porgy and Bess, master several languages, sing and dance in professional cabarets, work as a journalist in Africa and become a civil rights activist.

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She once told Oprah Winfrey the reason why she wanted the job: "I loved the uniforms". She understood education was extremely important; to that end she was a voracious reader, consuming two to three books a week from the time she was a teenager until her vision failed in her eighties.

The same year, at the age of 16, she gave birth to her son, Clyde - who later changed his name to Guy Johnson.

It was while working at a strip club she was discovered by a theatre group and joined an worldwide tour of Porgy and Bess.

Continuing to write, she later became a member of the Harlem Writers Guild.

The success of her first book, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", in 1969 brought her mainstream attention as an author.

The mesmerising story focused on her life up to the age of 16 - dealing with being a child in a confusing adult world.