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Maya Angelou memorial service will be live-streamed

Author, activist, and icon Dr. Maya Angelou, who died last week at age 86, will be remembered at a private memorial service Saturday at Wake Forest University. The service, reserved for invited guests only, will be held in Wait Chapel and available to view by the public via a live stream starting at 10 a.m.

Angelou served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University since 1982 after receiving an honorary degree in 1977. Though still very active around her Winston-Salem community giving lectures and speeches, Angelou taught her last class at the university in the summer of 2011. She was planning to teach a course in the fall titled “Race, Culture and Gender in the U.S. South and Beyond.” Angelou’s family has requested that in lieu of any flowers or public memorials on campus, donations be made to the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Additional celebrations of the late poet’s life in more cities throughout the country will be announced at a later date by her son Guy B. Johnson.

Ailing Maya Angelou back home after brief hospitalization

One of Maya Angelou’s doctors says the poet and author is recovering at her North Carolina home following a brief hospitalization.

Dr. Jeff Williamson of the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., says in letter dated Tuesday that, as leader of Angelou’s medical team, he has ordered the 85-year-old to forego any travel for the next three to four weeks.

The letter was sent to Angelou’s speaker’s bureau, MacRae Speakers & Entertainment LLC. A message seeking further details was left for the Pembroke, Mass.-based company.

Butler University in Indianapolis announced Angelou had canceled an appearance scheduled for Thursday after being notified by the speaker’s bureau.

Among Angelou’s most acclaimed works is the 1969 autobiographical work I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

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