Today is an emotional day in the literary world, as poet and famous writer Maya Angelou is being remembered in a special service in North Carolina. Many famous personalities were at attendance in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where the poet has lived and was a professor at Wake Forest University for decades. Among them were Former President Bill Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey etc….Angelou’s contribution to literature helped crown her as one of the most famous black writers of the 20th century. “[She] was a woman who seemed to have lived five lifetimes in one,” affirmed Bill Clinton.
In other highly emotional remarks, Michelle Obama told the audience gathered in the university chapel how reading Angelou’s poem “Phenomenal Woman” changed a little black girl who grew up on the south side of Chicago and whose first doll was Malibu Barbie. Ms. Obama wanted the world to know how profound the impact Angelou’s writing was in her.
Others said the writer, who rose from poverty and segregation, gave strength to millions of women to live their own lives in modern America. Angelou died May 28 at the age of 86.