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Remembering Maya Angelou: People share memories and thanks


Thousands are gathering to remember and celebrate the life of a national treasure. A memorial service for Doctor Maya Angelou will be held Saturday at Wake Forest University.

It was confirmed that Former President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey will join first lady Michelle Obama at Saturday morning's memorial service. Maya Angelou's work and her words touched millions - none more than the students at the North Carolina campus where she taught for more than 30 years.

Crews from around the country are coming to Maya Angelou's home. We were kept outside gates, but we caught up with a former Wake Forest University student who studied here, inside, Angelou's home.

"It really was a once in a lifetime opportunity," said former student Matthew Williams.

Matthew, one of 12 students, who recalls unforgettable lessons shared by the Medal of Freedom recipient.

"People may forget what you said, and what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel," he said. "Speak up. Be bold, and she said that when you speak small, it lets a brute know that there's a victim in the neighborhood." 

At Dr. Maya Angelou's home, a makeshift memorial is growing. People have brought flowers and candles.

"I just wanted to feel close to her," Tracy Riazzi said.

Tracy is one of the countless people stopping by to pay their respects to the world renowned poet who was also a dancer and Civil Rights activist. 

"I did because it's history in making right now and I want to share that with my kids, and my grandkids," she said.

Security out in full force and crews working around the clock at Wake Forest University in preparation for Dr. Maya Angelou's memorial service.

"We've informed everyone on campus classes are canceled tomorrow. Classes are canceled, which was an usual move, but it was definitely appropriate," said Kevin Cox with Wake Forest University.
"So I wanted to come and say my goodbye, and say a prayer. And I know she's got her wings and she's singing in heaven. There is not a doubt in my mind, and I think God blessed us with a true angel," Tracy added.

The memorial starts at 10 a.m. We will live stream the service on, and carry the memorial on our sister station Bounce TV.

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