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First lady, Oprah to attend Saturday memorial for Maya Angelou

Posted June 6, 2014 7:56 a.m. EDT
Updated June 6, 2014 3:15 p.m. EDT

— 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.