Dr. Maya Angelou’s Homegoing Service. And STILL I Rise.


By Jueseppi B.




Honoring Dr. Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou: I’m a Rainbow in Somebody’s Cloud


Published on Jul 31, 2012

CDF mourns the loss of Maya Angelou’s powerful presence. Remember. Pay tribute by listening to her beautiful words and lyrical poetry .

Dr. Maya Angelou was a keynote speaker at the Children’s Defense Fund National Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 25, 2012 . The poem she recited was the prelude to the National and Racial Healing Town Hall plenary session that included Trayvon Martin‘s parents. Dr. Angelou received a standing ovation from the more than 3,000 conference participants, nearly half of them young advocate leaders.





Dr. Maya Angelou, whose timeless works such as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings encouraged and stirred the souls of millions of readers, passed away last week at the age of 86.


Dr. Angelou’s family has arranged a private memorial service in Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel this morning, Saturday, June 7, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.


The First Lady, who has called Dr. Angelou one of her “she-roes” as well as a friend, will be speaking at the service.


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Dr. Maya Angelou, the poet, actress, author and civil rights activist known around the world, discovered her passion for teaching at Wake Forest University. And, in the past four decades, she has inspired generations of students to become better writers, thinkers and citizens. Angelou died on Wednesday, May 28, at the age of 86.









Doctor Maya Angelou was born to Vivian Baxter and Bailey Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4, 1928. She passed to her Heavenly Reward quietly on May 28, 2014 in her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is survived by her son, daughter-in-law, two grandsons and two great-grandchildren, a nephew, a niece, grandnieces, great-grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnephews and a host of beloveds.

From the time she was a child, Dr. Angelou proved that she was a unique individual with amazing commitment and focus.. The birth of her son when she was seventeen did not prevent her from continuing in pursuit of her dreams for a creative career. From her start as a singer in San Francisco’s Purple Onion and the Hungry I in 1953, to the installation of her portrait in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. In 2014; she was continuously on a dramatic, musical or political stage.

Dr. Maya Angelou was a dancer, a singer, an actress, a poet, a writer, a magazine editor, a playwright, a film director as well as a college lecturer, full Professor and a fearless, outspoken activist. She never let her various vocations inhibit her activism or her willingness to speak out against injustice and inequality. She performed in a number of major productions. She was in both the 1954 International Touring Company and the subsequent movie of Porgy and Bess. She was also in the 1977 television series of Alex Haley’s ‘Roots’ and in the 1995 film ‘How to make an American Quilt.’ There are too many other productions to name. She directed the films ‘Georgia, Georgia’ and ‘Down in the Delta.’

Dr. Maya Angelou’s first book ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ was published in 1970. She went on to write thirty-six other books including autobiographies, poetry and essays. A number of Dr. Angelou’s works were best sellers and were published in a number of languages.

Throughout her life Dr. Angelou’s activism never flagged or waned. In 1959, during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, she headed the New York office of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian

Leadership Conference in 1959. Next, she worked for the Arab Observer News Magazine in Cairo, Egypt which was the premiere English language magazine in the Middle East. Later she moved to Ghana and met Malcolm X. She returned to the United States to work for him, but he was assassinated four days after her arrival in New York. She continued to be a voice of humanity, speaking out against anything that fettered the human spirit. Her life and her body of literary work trumpet the importance of love, tolerance and forgiveness. She was a warrior for truth, justice and love.


Order of Service




Dr. Serenus T. Churn, Sr.
Senior Pastor Mount Zion Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Prelude Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Ensemble

Processional The Family of Dr. Maya Angelou

Welcome Mr. Elliott Matthew Jones, Grandson

Call to Worship Dr. Serenus T. Churn, Sr.

The Holy Scriptures
New Testament John 14: 1-6, 27 Ambassador Andrew Young

Reflection Ms. Cicely Tyson

Opening Song Just a Closer Walk with Thee Bobby Jones Gospel Choir

Official Tribute The Honorable Bill Clinton 42nd President of the United States

Musical Tribute I Hope You Dance Ms. Lee Ann Womack
Written by Performing Artist
Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers

Reflection Dr. Edwin Wilson
Provost Emeritus, Wake Forest University

Order of Service:


Musical Tribute God Put a Rainbow in the Clouds. Performing Artist Ms. Alyson Williams



Reflection Ms. Oprah Winfrey

Musical Tribute Stand By Mr. Bebe Winans & Choir. Written by
Donnie McClurkin

Official Tribute Mrs. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States

Dr. Serenus T. Churn, Sr.

Personal Tribute Mr. Guy Bailey Johnson, Son. Mr. Brandon Bailey Johnson, Great Grandson


Musical Tribute Remember Me Mrs. Valerie Ashford Simpson
Written by Performing Artist
Ashford and Simpson


Closing Tribute Mr. Colin Ashanti Johnson, Grandson


Recessional Been Found 1996 Recording, Dr. Maya Angelou
with Ashford and Simpson




Michelle Obama Emotional Speech at Maya Angelou Memorial Service


Published on Jun 7, 2014

First lady Michelle Obama speakes Saturday at a private memorial service for poet and author Maya Angelou, the White House said.

The service takes at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., where Angelou first began teaching in 1982.
Angelou, who died last week at age 86, was a favorite of the Obamas. President Obama praised her as a “brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman.” The president’s sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, was named for Angelou.

Although Angelou supported Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries, she later endorsed Barack Obama. In a 2009 essay in Essence magazine, Angelou recounted how she sought advice from Oprah Winfrey before introducing the Obamas at an event and praised Michelle Obama for her “effortless grace.”


Wake Forest University says there will be other celebrations of Angelou’s life in other cities. Her son, Guy Johnson, will release that information at a later date.




Oprah Winfrey speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University


Published on Jun 7, 2014

Oprah Winfrey speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University




Cicely Tyson speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University


Published on Jun 7, 2014

Cicely Tyson speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University Cicely Tyson Maya Angelou pay their final respects to her at Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University WINSTON-SALEM, N.C




BeBe Winans speaks sings at Maya Angelou Memorial


Published on Jun 7, 2014

BeBe Winans speaks sings at Maya Angelou Memorial BeBe Winans speaks sings at Maya Angelou Memorial






And Still I Rise


Uploaded on Apr 5, 2007

In addition to her well-known autobiographies, Maya Angelou has steadily written poetry over the years. In this video Professor Angelou recites her poem, “And Still I Rise,” from her volume of poetry And Still I Rise, published in 1978.






Full Remarks: Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson


Published on Jun 7, 2014

Dr. Maya Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson, speaks at Saturday’s funeral service. We’ve posted his full, unedited remarks here






Bill Clinton speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University


Published on Jun 7, 2014

Bill Clinton speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University Bill Clinton speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University Bill Clinton speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University




Maya Angelou – Phenomenal Woman


Uploaded on May 25, 2010

Maya Angelou – Phenomenal Woman
Catherine’s English Project



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I Love You. I Will See You Soon.


I Love You And I Je, kwako hivi karibuni.


Mwen renmen ou epi mwen pral wè ou talè konsa.


Waan ku jeclahay Iyo Soon ayaan idin arki doonaa.


Ek is lief vir jou en ek sal binnekort sien.


Ashford & Simpson with Maya Angelou – Been Found


Uploaded on Jan 10, 2012

From the album Ashford & Simpson with Maya Angelou “Been Found” 1996.





Maya Angelou Memorial Service

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  1. So good, so uplifted. I watched something on OWN this morning, an interview from a couple of years ago, it was so good. Oprah ask Dr. Maya how she defined ‘God’, she smiled and paused and then she said, ‘All’. It was the best thing I had heard in many years.

    Here it is a short segment, but truly wonderful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xurY5Na3AQ

    Michelle was so very good. Everyone was very good, their memories their thoughts. It was good to hear these.

    Thank you for this.


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