Saturday, June 7, 2014

Maya Angelou Memorial service attended by the First Lady, Oprah, Clinton and MANY!

Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton joined friends and family of the late poet and American civil rights icon Maya Angelou Saturday for a memorial service at Wake Forest University.

The poet, author and activist had served as the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest since 1982. She was planning to teach a course called “Race, Culture and Gender in the U.S. South and Beyond” in the fall.

Clinton, who like Angelou grew up in Arkansas, said at the service that her chronicles of Southern life struck a chord with him early in his career. “I knew the people she was talking about, the problems she was documenting,” Clinton said.

“Her great gift in her action-packed life is that she was always paying attention,” Clinton said. “She called our attention that the things that really matter—dignity, work, love and kindness—are things that we can share, and don’t cost anything.”

“God loaned her her voice and he decided he wanted it back for a while,” Clinton said of her death.

At the service, Winfrey fought back tears as she called Angelou her “spiritual queen mother, and everything that word implies. She was the ultimate teacher. She taught me the poetry of courage and respect.”

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