WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Around 800 people turned out to celebrate Dr. Maya Angelou at Mount Zion Baptist Church Thursday evening.
Angelou was an active member of the church, especially with the youth, for more than 30 years.
“She wasn't just for one person or one class of people," said church member Irine Durham. "She was for everybody and [would] do for anybody.”
From Wake Forest professors to families, people turned out to remember the world-renowned poet and author. Friends recited her poetry during the service that also included music.
“She taught me to always be yourself," said church pianist Kevin Scott. "If you be yourself, you will always be accepted.”
Funeral arrangements are still in the works.