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First Lady Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton to honor Maya Angelou

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Reported by Liku Zelleke

First Lady Michelle Obama will be one of the people that will be speaking at the memorial service of the late poet and author Maya Angelou.

In an announcement that was made on Thursday, the White House said that Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks at the event that is to be held on Saturday at the Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, in North Carolina.

The Literary genius and staunch supporter of the civil rights movement passed away a week ago at the Winston Salem home at the age of 86.

Although the service on Saturday will be closed to the public, Wake Forest will be streaming it online at:

The school has also said that Angelou’s family will be holding additional events in other cities across the United States. Information regarding that will be released at a later time.

President Barack Obama had praised Angelou and called her a “brilliant writer, a fierce friend and truly phenomenal woman” and also added that his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, had been named after her.

Lee Ann Womack, reportedly, cleared her calendar the instant she heard that Angelou’s family wanted her to sing her favorite song “I Hope You Dance.”

“I was honored, moved and thrilled about everything she said to me about the song and my singing. But all these years later, the song remained? That says so much about the power of music and poetry: the way the human condition can be filtered down in a song. Keeping it real and honest, but also maintaining the love in your heart and compassion. … That makes for an excellent life, and that’s what I think Maya Angelou found in the song,” Womack said.

Another person that will be talking at the service will be Angelou’s close friend and mentee, Oprah Winfrey, according to Entertainment Tonight.