Maya Angelou's family is hosting a private memorial service at Wake Forest University but has provided a live stream of the event. Angelou, the author and poet, passed away at the age of 86 at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., on May 28.
According to Associated Press, guests at Angelou's ceremony will include Michelle Obama, former president Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey. The "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" author was born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928.
The ceremony will include performances by Lee Ann Womack and BeBe Winans, and actress Cicely Tyson will also speak during the service, reports Reuters. Angelou was a civil rights advocate and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2011. Throughout her career, Angelou published more than 30 works of fiction and poetry, including seven autobiographies. Angelou recited "On the Pulse of Morning" at Clinton's first inauguration in 1993.
The New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has been bequeathed 200 boxes of Angelou's letters and writings, including a handwritten manuscript of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," as well as letters to Malcom X and James Baldwin. During her life, Angelou won three Grammys and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for "Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie" and a Tony Award nomination for "Look Away."
The Maya Angelou memorial service live stream can be viewed below.