Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou (courtesy of Kelley Jackson)

Dr. Maya Angelou’s life will be celebrated in a private memorial service on Saturday, according to Wake Forest University’s Office of Communications and External Relations.

The service is for friends and family only. Wake Forest will livestream the ceremony for the public on its website, starting at 10 a.m., ET.

Last Wednesday, Angelou passed away quietly in her home according to her family. She was 86.

The closed service will be held at the university’s Wait Chapel, which seats 2,550 people.

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Angelou taught at Wake Forest for more than 30 years. She was planning to teach a course entitled, “Race Culture and Gender in the U.S. South and Beyond” in the fall.

She was awarded an honorary degree from the university in 1977.

Oprah Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight‘s Nancy O’Dell she will speak the memorial service Saturday.

For members of the public who wish to contribute, Wake Forest is encouraging donations be made to the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

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