Photos: Memorial service for Maya Angelou

Photos: Memorial service for Maya Angelou

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WINSTON SALEM, NC - JUNE 07: Mourners stand in line to enter Wait Chapel for the Maya Angelou Memorial Service at Wake Forest University on June 7, 2014 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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by EMERY P. DALESIO / The Associated Press

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Posted on June 7, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 8 at 12:15 PM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama lauded poet, orator and sage Maya Angelou as the first person who let her know she could be a strong and smart black woman, joining other famous admirers and friends in a private memorial service Saturday that was filled with tears, laughter, poetry and song.

Former President Bill Clinton said Angelou, one of the most famous black writers of the 20th century, was a woman who seemed to have lived five lifetimes in one. Others said the writer, who rose from poverty and segregation, gave strength to millions of women to live their own lives in modern America.

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