First Lady Michelle Obama To Speak At Maya Angelou’s Memorial Service
First Lady Michelle Obama will be among several speakers scheduled to deliver remarks at Dr. Maya Angelou’s private memorial service this weekend, The Washington Post reports.
The service is set to take place Saturday at Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Although the service will be closed to the public, Wake Forest has plans to stream it online. Her relationship with the Obamas dates back to 2008 during the POTUS’ first presidential campaign. Dr. Angelou, who was initially a supporter of Hillary Clinton, endorsed President Obama once Hillary dropped out of the race.
“When her friend Nelson Mandela passed away last year, Maya Angelou wrote that ‘No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again, and bring the dawn,” President Obama said in a statement regarding Dr. Angelou’s passing.
Today, Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time – a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman. Over the course of her remarkable life, Maya was many things – an author, poet, civil rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer. But above all, she was a storyteller – and her greatest stories were true. A childhood of suffering and abuse actually drove her to stop speaking – but the voice she found helped generations of Americans find their rainbow amidst the clouds, and inspired the rest of us to be our best selves. In fact, she inspired my own mother to name my sister Maya.
Like so many others, Michelle and I will always cherish the time we were privileged to spend with Maya. With a kind word and a strong embrace, she had the ability to remind us that we are all God’s children; that we all have something to offer. And while Maya’s day may be done, we take comfort in knowing that her song will continue, “flung up to heaven” – and we celebrate the dawn that Maya Angelou helped bring.”
As previously reported, the esteemed writer and poet passed away last week in her Winston Salem home.