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.