First Lady Michelle Obama to speak at Maya Angelou memorial service

By Ashley Montgomery,

A memorial service for the late poet and activist, Maya Angelou, will be held on Saturday, June 7. The service has many famous speakers set to attend and remember Angelou, including Oprah Winfrey and now, First Lady Michelle Obama.

The Associated Press confirmed on Thursday that the First Lady will speak at the private service in North Carolina.

The first family’s friendship with Dr. Angelou began during President Obama’s 2008 campaign for presidency, when, according to the Washington Post, Angelou decided to endorse her husband after Hillary Clinton dropped out of the 2008 Presidential race.

When news of the poet’s death spread last Wednesday, President Obama spoke of Angelou with high respect, calling her, “one of the brightest lights of our time — a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman," USA Today reported.

The service will take place at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. According to the AP, although the memorial service is private, the university will be live-streaming it.

Angelou died last week at age 86.

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