Serena Williams Reciting Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” Is Just What You Need


Serena Williams landed a historic win this past Saturday (July 9) over Angelique Kerber in the 2016 Wimbledon final. Williams 7-6 to Kerber’s 5-3 earned Serena her 22nd major title of her career, tying her with Steffi Graf’s Open Era record.

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During the 2016 Wimbledon finals, BBC aired a video montage that showcases Williams’ life from her childhood to her present day success, where she can be heard reciting Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise.”

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The video opens with Williams being crowned the 2015 winner of the Wimbledon finals women’s title, reminding us that this year she has, in fact, earned her seventh Wimbledon title. Although her performance of the poem is said to have come from her acceptance speech for the 2015 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Award, her words still hold merit – if not more – and ultimately proves that her journey at the top is far from over.

Check out BBC’s montage below.