Fact: Maya Angelou's memorial service at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Saturday (07Jun14) will be broadcast live in America on the Oprah Winfrey Network (Own). U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama will be among the guests delivering eulogies at the private ceremony, while country singer Lee Ann Womack will perform one of the poet's favourite songs, I Hope You Dance, during the service. Angelou, a longtime friend and mentor of Winfrey, died on 28 May (14), aged 86.
Fact: Late poet/author Maya Angelou will be remembered at a memorial service in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Saturday (07Jun14). The private ceremony will be held at Wake Forest University's chapel and streamed online for the public. Angelou died last Wednesday (28May14) aged 86.
Quote: "America has lost a national treasure... The poems and stories she wrote and read to us in her commanding voice were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace. I will always be grateful for her electrifying reading of On the Pulse of Morning at my first inaugural, and even more for all the years of friendship that followed." Former U.S. President Bill Clinton adds his tribute to revered writer and poet Maya Angelou, who died on Wednesday morning (28May14).
Fact: Beloved poet and author Maya Angelou is set to be feted with the National Book Foundation's Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award, in recognition of her contributions to literarture. The writer will receive the accolade at the organisation's annual prizegiving in New York on 20 November (13).