Serena Williams Recites Maya Angelou’s ‘Still I Rise’
After winning her 22nd Grand Slam over the weekend at Wimbledon, Serena Williams solidified her place in history. Not only is she the greatest female athlete of our time, the 34-year-old might just be the best athlete–male or female–of this generation.
While many her age are in the waining years of their career, Williams continues to dominate tennis and rack up championships. Despite this, she still has her critics.
Williams’ celebrity hasn’t protected her from the viciousness of racism. Each time she adds another trophy to her collection, a loud chorus rises up to not only question her skills, instead pinning her win on pure athleticism alone, but also her femininity.
Still, Williams excels. So it’s only fitting BBC Sports would ask the champion to read Maya Angelou’s powerful poem, “Still I Rise,” to narrate her latest grand slam win.
In the two-minute clip, Angelou’s uplifting prose is juxtaposed over Williams’ grind through this year’s Wimbledon tournament.
The video is breathtaking, inspirational, and pure Black Girl Magic.
Take a look.