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Maya Angelou Funeral to Be Live Streamed Via Wake Forest University

Image: Maya Angelou Funeral to Be Live Streamed Via Wake Forest University

By    |   Friday, 06 Jun 2014 12:55 PM

Details of Dr. Maya Angelou's upcoming June 7 funeral continue to emerge. First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey are expected to attend, and it has now been announced that Grammy-winning singer Lee Ann Womack will perform.

USA Today reported Thursday that the service will take place at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Saturday beginning at 9:55 a.m. EDT. Angelou began her professorship at the university in 1982, and the school has announced it will feature the event live via LiveStream.com.

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Angelou, who is best known for her book of poetry "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," died May 28 at the age of 86. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, held more than 30 honorary degrees, spoke at least six languages, and had been nominated for Tony Awards for her work on Broadway.

"I Hope You Dance," by Lee Ann Womack, was her favorite song and the singer will perform it at the ceremony.

According to Rolling Stone, she was also a fan of Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, and Montgomery Gentry. She also said she was "seriously affected by the breakup of Brooks and Dunn."

"When someone told me 'I Hope You Dance' was Miss Angelou's favorite song all those years ago, I thought they were being nice," said Womack after the announcement. "Then when my publicist was trying to get me on 'Oprah,' suddenly, all the momentum changed . . . and we found out it was because Maya Angelou told Oprah about me and the song."

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will back Womack's performance, and she will cancel her appearance on Country Music Television's "Next Women of Country" show at the Country Music Hall of Fame in order to attend the funeral.

"I was honored, moved, and thrilled about everything she said to me about the song and my singing. But all these years later, the song remained?" she told reporters.

"That says so much about the power of music and poetry: the way the human condition can be filtered down in a song. Keeping it real and honest, but also maintaining the love in your heart and compassion . . . That makes for an excellent life, and that's what I think Maya Angelou found in the song."

Guy Johnson, Angelou's son, said additional celebrations of his mother's life will take place after the ceremony at Wake Forest, and will be announced soon.



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Details of Dr. Maya Angelou's upcoming June 7 funeral continue to emerge. First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey are expected to attend, and it has now been announced that Grammy-winning singer Lee Ann Womack will perform.
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