Michelle Obama Gives An Emotional Speech at Maya Angelou Memorial

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Michelle Obama Gives An Emotional Speech at Maya Angelou Memorial

Speech from Memorial on Saturday 7th June 2014

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Post Thursday 12th June 2014

 


Michelle Obama Gives An Emotional Speech at Maya Angelou Memorial

Published on Jun 7, 2014

First lady Michelle Obama spoke on Saturday 7th June 2014 at a private memorial service for poet and author Maya Angelou.

The service took place at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., where Angelou first began teaching in 1982.

Maya Angelou, who died last week at age 86, was a favorite of the Obamas. President Obama praised her as a “brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman.” The president’s sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, was named for Angelou.

Although Angelou supported Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries, she later endorsed Barack Obama. In a 2009 essay in Essence magazine, Maya Angelou recounted how she sought advice from Oprah Winfrey before introducing the Obamas at an event and praised Michelle Obama for her “effortless grace.

Michelle’s speech came from the heart. She told a witty yet touching story about her own mother and how she felt about Michelle attending Maya Angelou’s Memorial Service.

Maya Angelou left a legacy which touches many people’s lives.

Maya Angelou will be missed by many.

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