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Michelle Obama To Speak At Angelou Memorial Service

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 14: Michelle Obama and Maya Angelou speak during the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre on January 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images) | Kris Connor via Getty Images

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama will add her voice to those honoring Maya Angelou (MY'-uh AN'-juh-loh) at a memorial service for the poet and author this weekend.

The White House said Thursday that Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks at the event honoring Angelou on Saturday at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Angelou died last week at her Winston-Salem home at age 86. She was known worldwide as a literary pioneer and civil rights champion.

Saturday's service is closed to the public, but Wake Forest is streaming it online at go.wfu.edu/angeloumemorial.

The school says Angelou's family will be planning additional events in other cities across the country. That information will be released later.