How did Maya Angelou become an author?
There, she experienced a life marred by the racial discrimination which underpinned everyday life in the American South. Her vast impact on popular culture was also felt through a host of award nominations, public accolades, and more than 50 honorary degrees. Set to her poem "Still I Rise", the Doodle includes her own voice along with the voices of other individuals whose lives she has inspired, and who aspire to live by her legacy today.
She went on to write six more autobiographical volumes which focused on her childhood and early adult life. "I am Muslim." While she was most likely talking about our shared humanity, I think we can call Dr. Angelou a longtime queer icon.
She was raped at the age of eight by her mother's boyfriend. She championed women's rights and gender equality. She'd never worked as a journalist before, but her job at the Observer tossed her into the deep end of reporting while working in an office full of men who'd never worked with a woman before.
Today is a celebration of her bright light, a light that will continue to shine. Subsequently, Maya and her son moved to Ghana and joined a vibrant American African expat community.
It was Bailey who gave her the nickname "Maya", which came from "My" or "May Sister". 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.
As Angelou herself said: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel".
"Caged Bird" from SHAKER, WHY DON'T YOU SING? by Maya Angelou, copyright © 1983 by Maya Angelou. "If this book finds its way into the hands of bold, adventurous people, courageous enough to actually get into the kitchen and rattle pots and pans, I will be very happy", Angelou wrote in the introduction to the latter title.