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First lady, Oprah to attend Saturday memorial for Maya Angelou

Posted June 6

— Gov. McCrory has ordered all state flags lowered to half-staff Saturday in honor of the late poet, author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.

A private memorial service for Angelou, who adopted North Carolina as her home state, will be held Saturday morning in Winston-Salem at Wake Forest University, where she was a professor. She died May 28 at the age of 86.

The White House confirmed first lady Michelle Obama will attend the service. Oprah Winfrey is also scheduled to speak. 

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  • hollylama Jun 6, 7:42 p.m.

    Will there be a public service?

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 6, 6:28 p.m.

    So...I would have expected them to attend, even though neither has done anything YET that can hold a candle to what she did.

  • scubagirl2 Jun 6, 5:22 p.m.

    for those unfamiliar, take a listen:
    http://www.wral.com/share/page/1896337/?id=13706758#comment_textarea

    you'll see why this was a favorite of a woman like Maya......

  • scubagirl2 Jun 6, 5:20 p.m.

    Good grief, pay this amazing woman some respect. She does not deserve to have her death turn... View More

    — Posted by misty123

    When you live in WS and your day will be messed up because of road closures than speak. No... View More

    — Posted by perthlabradors

    Maya was HER FRIEND, her VERY GOOD friend. It's too bad you are inconvenienced by the passing of... View More

    — Posted by scubagirl2

    No, no, no, you misunderstood my comment. I have absolutely no issue with who attends the... View More

    — Posted by misty123

    my comment was NOT directed at you :) but at the complainers about how TRAFFIC was going to mess up their day........I agree with you 100%. My response was also directed at the haters who just love to be negative. The world has lost someone so unique and wonderful.

    I also just heard "I hope you dance" will be sung since it was her favorite song!!! What a great song for a great lady.

  • misty123 Jun 6, 5:01 p.m.

    Good grief, pay this amazing woman some respect. She does not deserve to have her death turn... View More

    — Posted by misty123

    When you live in WS and your day will be messed up because of road closures than speak. No... View More

    — Posted by perthlabradors

    Maya was HER FRIEND, her VERY GOOD friend. It's too bad you are inconvenienced by the passing of... View More

    — Posted by scubagirl2

    No, no, no, you misunderstood my comment. I have absolutely no issue with who attends the funeral of Ms. Angelou. That was my whole point, let her be peacefully laid to rest among the friends she loved and who loved her whomever they may be - big or small. Just because a political figure may be there, don't turn it an Obama/government bashing opportunity. My comment was directed not as a response to the article but to those people on here who are being negative and making this a political thing. It seems you correctly quoted perthlabradors, however. How shameful it is to know how much Maya Angelou contributed to society, literature, civil rights, etc. and the lack of respect shown to her in return.

  • davidhartman Jun 6, 3:48 p.m.

    No better way of paying your respects than skipping someone's funeral b/c you don't like her... View More

    — Posted by jackaroe123

    Friends tell much about a person.

    Deal with it.

  • Confucius say Jun 6, 3:45 p.m.

    Who else is going?

  • jackaroe123 Jun 6, 3:18 p.m.

    No better way of paying your respects than skipping someone's funeral b/c you don't like her other friends. So classy.

  • Reason Jun 6, 2:57 p.m.

    Great lady, but why is it news as to who attends her service?

  • sandim50 Jun 6, 2:18 p.m.

    Yes, it is a shame that this becomes a typical media circus. I wonder how much priacy will be maintained with thmedia attending. By the way if it is a private service, who invited the media? Lets have the dignity MS Angelo deserves

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