Bill Clinton, Winfrey to attend Angelou memorial

Bill Clinton, Winfrey to attend Angelou memorial

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WASHINGTON, : US President Bill Clinton(R) congratulates poet/writer Maya Angelou(L) after presenting her with the National Medal of Arts during ceremonies 20 December, 2000 at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. The award is presented to individuals for their contributions to the arts in America.

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by Associated Press

khou.com

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 3:30 PM

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina -- Former President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey are joining first lady Michelle Obama at a weekend memorial service for poet and author Maya Angelou.

Wake Forest University spokeswoman Katie Neal said Friday that Clinton will attend the event honoring Angelou on the North Carolina campus where she taught for more than 30 years. Oprah Winfrey Network spokeswoman Chelsea Hettrick said the TV talk-show host and producer also will attend Saturday's memorial.

The White House said Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks.

Angelou died last week at her Winston-Salem home at age 86. She was known worldwide as a literary pioneer and civil rights champion.

Saturday's service is closed to the public. Wake Forest says it will stream the memorial event online at go.wfu.edu/angeloumemorial.

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