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Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys & More Celebrate Maya Angelou’s 90th Birthday

Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys & More Celebrate Maya Angelou’s 90th Birthday

Google celebrated Maya Angelou’s birthday Wednesday (April 4) with a special homepage Doodle that opens as a video of celebrities reciting lines from Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise.”

The Doodle is especially fitting considering April is also National Poetry Month. Maya Angelou would have been 90 years old. She passed away in 2014 at the age of 86. ]

The video opens with Angelou reading lines from “Still I Rise.” Check out the rest of the celebrities who celebrated Angelou’s birthday on Wednesday.

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Dr. Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust,

I’ll rise.

Alicia Keys

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells

Pumping in my living room.

America Ferrera

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I rise.

Dr. Maya Angelou

Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?

Martina McBride

Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don’t you take it awful hard

’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines

Diggin’ in my own backyard.

Guy Johnson

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise

Laverne Cox

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Oprah Winfrey

Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Dr. Maya Angelou

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.

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