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Maya Angelou Remembered at Wake Forest University

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As the crowds moved into Wait chapel on the Wake Forest University Campus, birds brought morning harmonies from the trees, and that set the scene for the day's moving melodies.

The home-going service lived up it's of billing of being a celebration of rising joy. Among those embracing Dr. Maya Angelou's rich legacy was First Lady Michelle Obama.

Mrs. Obama said, "She taught us that we are each wonderfully made, intricately women, and put on this earth for a purpose far greater than we could ever imagine."

Lee Ann Womack performed I Hope You Dance which was one of Dr. Angelou  favorites, and perhaps that makes it easier to understand why such a world traveler would feel so at home for more than 30 years on a North Carolina College campus.

Edwin Wilson is Provost Emeritus at Wake Forest University, and recalls her dedication to the school.

"She proudly said to a Washington audience, I am a Wake Forest Woman, and she added, you can't beat that."

Oprah Winfrey who organized the service, and recalls the personal conversations of encouragement.

"When said baby I want you to do it and I want you take it and take it all the way," Winfrey recalled.

On a day of accolades day lasting memories and sobering insights were crafted by a loving son.

Guy Bailey reflected on his others sense of purpose.

"We've have added to the population of angels, and she has left each one of us with something in our heart, " he said.

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