Family, friends and fans remembered poet and teacher Maya Angelou as an important influence on Saturday in Winston-Salem. At a memorial service at Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel, First lady Michelle Obama called Angelou “one of the greatest spirits the world has ever known.”
Obama said Angelou’s words have sustained her on every step of her journey. “She knew our hope, our pain, our ambition, our fear, our anger, our shame. And she assured us that despite it all---in fact because of it all---we were good," Obama said.