A private memorial service for Maya Angelou will be held at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Angelou taught at the college for over 30 years, beginning her career there in 1982.
Oprah Winfrey, her close friend, will speak at the memorial, which goes down at Wake Forest’s Wait Chapel.
Angelou was born April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, and, her most famous work, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” tells the story of her abusive childhood and conflicted upbringing. In addition she wrote over 30 other books and recited a poem at Bill Clinton’s 1993 presidential inauguration.
Attendance to the memorial is by invite only, but the university will stream it online at go.wfu.edu/angeloumemorial. The school says Angelou’s family will be planning additional events in other cities across the country. The info is set for release soon.