Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama and Oprah speak at Maya Angelou’s memorial service

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Former President Bill Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey spoke at Maya Angelou’s memorial service Saturday at Wake Forest University.

“Maya Angelou is the greatest woman I have ever known,” Winfrey said in front of the crowd. “The loss I feel, I cannot describe. It’s like something I’ve never felt before.”

The service took place at Wait Chapel and had several others speakers including Angelou’s son, grandson and pastor. Angelou’s family arranged the private service.

“She had the voice of God… And he decided he wanted it back for a while,” Clinton said.

Angelou’s family has decided to have a closed service for family and friends only, due to limited seating capacity, according to the school.

The award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist died May 28 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.

“She reminded us that we must each find our own voice and announce it to the world,” Obama said.

Angelou’s family will be planning additional celebrations of her life in other cities across the country, according to Wake Forest.

 

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afcfd648980e384923136b7f2c51640f Joe Borlik June 7, 201410:58 am

Bill Clinton: “She taught us that life is a constant choice. Will you choose light or darkness?

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Bill Clinton: “As long as we have time, we should keep the courage to begin again. That’s what she gave to us.”

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Lee Ann Womack sings, “I Hope You Dance” as a musical tribute at Dr. Angelou’s memorial.

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Bill Clinton on Maya Angelou: “She had the voice of God… And he decided he wanted it back for a while.”

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Provost Emeritus of Wake Forest University Dr. Edwin Wilson Emeritus: “Maya Angelou has become part of the history and fabric of Wake Forest University.”

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“She chose to come to this Southern university and make it her home for the rest of her life.” Wake Provost Emeritus Edwin Wilson

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Oprah Winfrey: “I’m here today to say thank you, to acknowledge to you all and to the world, how powerful one life can be.”

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Oprah: “The loss I feel, I cannot describe. It’s like something I’ve never felt before.”

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Oprah: “Maya Angelou is the greatest woman I have ever known.”

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Oprah: “She was my anchor… She would want me, you, us to live her legacy.”

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Oprah: “I can’t fill her shoes, but I can walk in her footsteps.”

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Michelle Obama: “It is truly a profound honor to be here today.”

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Michelle Obama: “She reminded us that we must each find our own voice and announce it to the world.”

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Dr. Serenus Churn: “She was a lover of family.”

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Dr. Serenus Churn: “It was her joy to give, she was a giver.”

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Maya Angelou’s son: “She always said, ‘We are more alike than unalike.'”

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Maya Angelou’s son: She was a voice for justice, equality and love… Anything that diminishes a human being diminishes all of us.”

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Maya Angelou’s grandson: “I’m the hand at your back keeping you steady. I might let you trip but I’ll never let you fall.”

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