Funeral services for Dr. Maya Angelou, who died last Wednesday at 86-years-old, will be held Saturday morning on the campus of Wake Forest University, reports WXII.
Heads of states and other dignitaries are expected to attend the private service, but no names have been confirmed.
Prior to her death, Dr. Angelou had been a faculty member at Wake Forest since 1982.
“Dr. Angelou was a national treasure whose life and teachings inspired millions around the world, including countless students, faculty, and staff at Wake Forest, where she served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies since 1982. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Angelou’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
“Maya Angelou has been a towering figure — at Wake Forest and in American culture. She had a profound influence in civil rights and racial reconciliation. We will miss profoundly her lyrical voice and always keen insights,” Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch said on Wednesday.
Angelou’s family will release a formal statement on Monday.
NewsOne will provide more details as they become available.
Maya Angelou: Timeline for a Phenomenal Woman
1. 1928 – A Childhood Too Rough For WordsSource:Screenshot from Super Soul Sunday on OWN 1 of 8
2. 1945 – Motherhood, And A DreamSource:Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images 2 of 8
3. 1950s – A Career in Show Business3 of 8
4. 1960s – Empowered by Words and PrideSource:Johnson Family Archives 4 of 8
5. 1969 - An Autobiography Changes Everything5 of 8
6. 1974 – Autobiographies Keep Coming6 of 8
7. 1978 - Iconic Poems ReleasedSource:Getty Images 7 of 8
8. 1998 - A Directing FirstSource:Miramax 8 of 8