Michelle Obama honors Dr. Maya Angelou

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Michelle Obama honors Dr. Maya Angelou on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Wake Forest Unviersity. (Video still via MSNBC)

First Lady Michelle Obama gave a moving speech Saturday in honor of Dr. Maya Angelou.

“It is such a profound honor, truly, a profound honor, to be here today on behalf of myself and my husband as we celebrate one of the greatest spirits our world has ever known, our dear friend, Dr. Maya Angelou,” Obama said.

The first lady championed Angelou for helping her through the toughest times of her life.

“For me, that was the power of Maya Angelou’s words — words so powerful that they carried a little black girl from the South Side of Chicago all the way to the White House,” she said. “And today, as First Lady, whenever the term ‘authentic’ is used to describe me, I take it as a tremendous compliment, because I know that I am following in the footsteps of great women like Maya Angelou.”

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Watch Michelle Obama’s full speech below.