LIVE: Maya Angelou remembered at memorial service

Published On: Jun 07 2014 03:04:25 AM HST   Updated On: Jun 07 2014 06:43:43 AM HST
Maya Angelou

Former President Bill Clinton said his friend, poet, orator and actress Maya Angelou  lived enough to experience five lifetimes.

Clinton spoke Saturday at Angelou's memorial service in a chapel at Wake Forest University. He remembered the woman who read a poem at his first inaugural as a firefly.

Clinton said Angelou would light up at the most unpredictable times and show you something in your mind you had been burying or something in your heart you were afraid to face.

Clinton recalled how Angelou was a single mother at 17 and San Francisco's first African-American streetcar conductor before becoming a civil rights leader and an accomplished writer.

First lady Michelle Obama remembered Angelou as the first person who let her know she could be a strong, powerful and smart black woman. She recalled reading Angelou's poem "Phenomenal Woman" and how it changed a woman whose first doll was Malibu Barbie.

Obama remembered meeting Angelou for the first time at a campaign rally in North Carolina in 2008. The first lady said that while she doesn't remember exactly what the poet said to her, she remembered how Angelou made her feel.

Angelou died last week at age 86.

Watch the service live by clicking here.


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