Memorial for Maya Angelou held at Wake Forest University

By Marquel Sennet |

Published 06/07 2014 06:25PM

Updated 06/07 2014 11:34PM

First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey spoke at Saturday's memorial service for Maya Angelou at Wake Forest University.

They talked about the power and beauty of Angelou's poetry and the impact it had on their lives. The first lady said Angelou's works influenced her view of the world, and sustained her during political campaigns.

Oprah Winfrey called Maya Angelou her spiritual queen mother.

Winfrey says, “He was always there for me to be the rainbow and I'm here today to say thank you. To acknowledge to you all and to the world how powerful one life can be."

Oprah went on to say that Angelou was the greatest woman she ever met.

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