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Report: Angelou’s memorial service set for Saturday, family to release statement on Monday

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Maya Angelou’s family will release a formal statement on Monday concerning her memorial service, according to Wake Forest University.

Multiple reports suggest the private memorial will be held at Wake Forest University on Saturday, June 7.

Oprah Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight she will be speaking at the service on June 7.

When asked what she will say at the memorial service, Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight, “I don’t know what I will say, but it will just come.”

The award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist died Wednesday in her Winston-Salem home. She was 86.

Angelou had been reportedly battling health problems. She recently canceled a scheduled appearance of a special event to be held in her honor.

Wake Forest University issued a statement on Wednesday:

“Dr. Angelou was a national treasure whose life and teachings inspired millions around the world, including countless students, faculty, and staff at Wake Forest, where she served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies since 1982. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Angelou’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

“Maya Angelou has been a towering figure — at Wake Forest and in American culture. She had a profound influence in civil rights and racial reconciliation. We will miss profoundly her lyrical voice and always keen insights,” Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch said on Wednesday.

5 comments

  • jessie jenkins

    I WAS BLESSED ENOUGH TO SEE BR. ANGELOU TWICE , AND I HAVE NOT BEEN THE SAME SINCE. DR. ANGELOU HAS BEEN A NATIONAL TREASURE TO THE WORLD. I LOVE HER AND WILL MISS HER FOR YEARS TO COME.SHE WAS A VERY SERIOUS PERSON WHO PUT HER HEART AND SOUL INTO EVERYTHING SHE DID. SHE ALSO HAD A FUNNY SIDE TO HER WHICH MANY MAY NOT KNOW. HAVE MANY OF HER TREASURES ,THAT I WILL PASS ON TO MY CHILDREN AND MY CHILDRE’N CHILDREN. THE ANGLES IN HEAVEN ,I BELIEVE ARE SINGING A LITTLE LOUDER. TO THE FAMILY ,KNOW THAT WE LOVED DR. ANGELOU , THEREFORE WE LOVE YOU TOO. MAY THE STRENGTH OF GOD BE WE YOUR FAMILY ETERNALLY.6/2/2014

  • Tiffany

    I WAS BLESSED TO HAVE GOTTEN THE CHANCE TO SEE DR. ANGELOU IN PERSON. SHE WAS SO FUNNY AND HER WORK WAS EXQUISITE . I PRAY THAT I CAN BE HALF THE PHENOMENAL WOMAN THAT SHE WAS!!! I AM GOING TO MISS DR. ANGELOU. I ALSO REGRET THAT MY BABIES DIDN’T GET TO KNOW HER, HOWEVER I HAVE ABOUT 70% OF HER WORK THAT I’LL SHARE (and maybe pass on) WITH THEM AND CHERISH FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. FLY ON MAYA, FLY ON. THE ANGELS ARE REJOICING ONCE AGAIN BECAUSE THEY HAVE MET HER. BOY ARE THEY LUCKY. THEY’LL NEVER GET BORED IN HEAVEN. THEY’LL HAVE HER READING HER WORKS AND TEACHING THEM TO WRITE IT AS WELL. I CAN’T WAIT TIL I GET THERE!!!!

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