Maya Angelou’s Memorial Service Set For Saturday; Will Be Streamed Online For Fans
After living an inspirational life and leaving her mark on this world, renowned poet and author, Maya Angelou, will be laid to rest this upcoming Saturday in North Carolina. She passed away last Wednesday.
According to People, her family will be having a private memorial service for Angelou at Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel. Because the Wait Chapel is small (2,550 seats according to TheGrio), the service will be for friends and family only. However, those who want to be able to tune in and pay their respects will be able to stream the service online at the University website. The funeral will start at 10 a.m. EDT and looks to be over around 12:30. Oprah Winfrey has stated that she plans to speak during the service this weekend. And there were reports that the Westboro Baptist Church wanted to protest Angelou’s funeral, but we’re going to hope that they won’t make an appearance.
Angelou passed last Wednesday at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her connection to Wake Forest is that she taught at the school for more than 30 years, and even had a class planned for the fall: Race Culture and Gender in the U.S. South and Beyond. Before teaching there, Angelou was given an honorary degree from the University in 1977.
According to the school’s website, there will be more celebrations taking place in cities across the country. That information is to be announced by her son, Guy Johnson, at a later time.