According to BCNN1, Dr. Maya Angelou's family arranged a private memorial service in Wake Forest University's Wait Chapel on Saturday at 10 a.m. and due to limited seating capacity, the family decided to have a closed service for family and friends only. Wake Forest University live streamed the service for the public.
Maya Angelou is perhaps the most famous poet in the world. She was an author and civil rights activist as well. She paved the way for African American women and has influenced all generations following. Practically every student, elementary thru college has heard the name, Maya Angelou, or read her book(s), wrote a paper or tried to quote her poetry.
There were dignitaries and special guest on hand to remember the legendary icon that she was. First Lady, Michelle Obama gave remarks and Hon. Bill Clinton was at the memorial. Flowers decorated the altar just below the podium in the Wait Chapel instead of a physical body in a casket.
Angelou's grandson spoke, and stated these words that he recalls, “I might let you trip, but I won’t let you fall.” He then thanked other attendees:
- Reuben Cannon
- Retha Jones
- Tony Conway
- Betty Clay and entire staff
- Dr. Ed. Wilson
- Lydia Stuckey
- Ophrah Winfrey
Son, Guy Johnson spoke at length, sometimes with tears in his eyes and being aided by a young man with the computer he was reading from, acknowledged his mother's teaching on having courage. Angelou taught that courage was the most important quality to possess.
Valerie Simpson's tribute to Angelou was the song, "Remember Me," written by Nicholas Ashford and sang by Diana Ross. Simpson started out by saying, "We all are equipped to fly – Maya Angelou is flying now." Some lyrics of Remember Me (Nicholas Ashford/Valerie Simpson):
Bye baby, see you around
Didn`t I tell you I wouldn`t hold you down
Take good care of yourself, y`hear
Don`t let me hear about you shedding a tear
You`re gonna make it...
Angelou's grandson's favorite quote from his grandma was:
People will forget what you said
People will forget what you did
But they will never forget how you made them feel!
Dr. Maya Angelou, an African American hero, April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014!