WATCH: Maya Angelou Remembered By Oprah, Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama at Memorial Service (FULL VIDEO)
Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life was remembered by Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama and others at an emotional and music-filled memorial service on Saturday.
The poet, actress, activist and educator Maya Angelou died last month at 86. Angelou was celebrated at a packed service at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, where she taught for decades.
Winfrey cried during her speech, recalling Angelou’s guidance and support through the years, and calling her the greatest woman she’d ever known. “I cannot fill her shoes, but I can walk in her footsteps,” said the media icon.
Clinton said of Angelou’s refusal to speak for five years after being raped as a child, “She was without a voice for five years and then she developed the greatest voice on the planet. God loaned her His voice. She had the voice of God. And he decided he wanted it back for a while.”
“She celebrated black women’s beauty like no one had ever dared to before. Our curves, our stride, our strength, our grace,” said First Lady Obama. “Her words were clever and sassy. They were powerful and sexual and boastful.”
The entire service can be seen in the video below.