Author, activist, and icon Dr. Maya Angelou, who died last week at age 86, will be remembered at a private memorial service Saturday at Wake Forest University. The service, reserved for invited guests only, will be held in Wait Chapel and available to view by the public via a live stream starting at 10 a.m.
Angelou served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University since 1982 after receiving an honorary degree in 1977. Though still very active around her Winston-Salem community giving lectures and speeches, Angelou taught her last class at the university in the summer of 2011. She was planning to teach a course in the fall titled “Race, Culture and Gender in the U.S. South and Beyond.” Angelou’s family has requested that in lieu of any flowers or public memorials on campus, donations be made to the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Additional celebrations of the late poet’s life in more cities throughout the country will be announced at a later date by her son Guy B. Johnson.