OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network said today it will simulcast Maya Angelou’s private memorial service at Wake Forest University in North Carolina tomorrow at 10 AM ET/7 AM PT. The service will also be available to view on Oprah.com at www.Oprah.com/MayaAngelou. The university in Winston-Salem, where Angelou began teaching in 1982, also will live-stream the service. Michelle Obama will speak Saturday morning at the university’s Wait Chapel. President Obama’s sister Maya was named after Angelou, and Obama awarded Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. Angelou died at her Winston-Salem home last week; she had been “frail” and suffering from heart problems, according to her agent.
CBS Evening News closed out tonight’s report with Tyne Daly, Billy Dee Williams, Secretary of State John Kerry, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), and others reading lines from Maya Angelou’s poem Caged Bird. Watch here:
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UPDATED: Memoirist, actress, director, activist and poet Maya Angelou has died. She was 86 and lived in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The cause of death was not immediately determined but she had been in poor health. Angelou’s enormously influential memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings detailed an African-American upbringing in the Jim Crow South — she was born in St. Louis, Missouri — scarred by violence. Ultimately her autobiography encompassed seven volumes, including The Heart of A Woman and All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes. She served the landmark TV series Roots as both adviser and actress, and her other film and TV credits included the 1979 television adaptation of Caged Bird as well as The Black Candle, which incorporated her poetry. In 1993 she recited her poem On The Pulse Of Morning at President Bill Clinton‘s first inauguration. Both had grown up in Arkansas. Angelou wrote for, and appeared with Richard Pryor and produced the 1982 telefilm Sister, Sister. Among her many accolades were the Presidential Medal Of Freedom in 2011, the National Medal Of Arts, in 2000 and three Grammy Awards for her albums of poetry and other works.
Close collaborator and longtime friend Quincy Jones remembered the late Maya Angelou today: “I am so deeply saddened about the loss of my dear friend, colleague and sister of 46 years, Maya Angelou. From collaborating on … Read More »