Maya was living and working as an editor in Cairo in 1962 when she met the then-revolutionary Mandela while she was married to South African activist Vusumzi L. Make. They resumed their friendship when Mandela was released from prison in 1990. When Mandela passed, Angelou wrote the poem "His Day Is Done" in his honor. 

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You can watch the the livestream of Dr. Angelou's memorial here on, beginning at 10am ET.

Yolanda Sangweni
Jun, 06, 2014

Maya Angelou's family will hold a memorial service in her honor tomorrow, Saturday June 7 at Wake Forest University. First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey will deliver remarks honoring her.

You can watch the entire livestream here on, beginning at 10am ET.

Dr. Angelou's family has also invited country singer Lee Ann Womack to sing her favorite song, "I Hope You Dance," along with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Wake Forest University is a special site for the poet as it is where she began teaching in 1982 after she first visited to read her work.

Angelou passed away last week at her home in Winston Salem, North Carolina at the age of 86. The news of her death brought an outpouring of love from fans and celebrities alike. 

Angelou's family is said to be planning additional events in other cities in her honor. There will be a private funeral on Sunday.