Yesterday, Dr. Maya Angelou was laid to rest during a service attended by Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama and former president Bill Clinton, and more at Wake Forest University. Angelou died on May 28 at the age of 86.
"Her great gift in her action-packed life was she was always paying attention. And from the time she starting writing her books and her poetry, what she was basically doing was calling our attention to the things she'd been paying attention to," Clinton said during the two-hour service. "And she did it with a clarity and power that will wash over people as long as there is a written and spoken language."
Winfrey was very succinct, saying "I cannot fill her footsteps, but I can walk in her shoes." Meanwhile, the first lady spoke to Angelou's influence on not only herself, but the entire world:
She told us that our worth has nothing to do with what the world might say. Instead, she said, each of us comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. She reminded us that we must each find our own voice, decide our own value, and then announce it to the world with all the pride and joy that is our birthright as members of the human race.
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