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Funeral for Maya Angelou Draws Mourners to Winston-Salem

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Family, friends and dignitaries gathered in North Carolina for a memorial service for poet and author Maya Angelou Saturday morning.

It took place at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, where Angelou had been a professor more than 30 years.

About 2,000 people filled the school's chapel for the service.

Speakers talked about Angelou's legacy and what she meant to them.

"You alone are enough, she taught me. And I am the woman I am today because she was," said Oprah Winfrey.

"She taught us all that it is okay to be your regular old self, whatever that is - your poor self, your broken self, your brilliant, bold self, phenomenal self," said First Lady Michelle Obama.

"As long as we have time we should keep the courage to begin again. That's what you did and how blessed we are because of it," said former President Bill Clinton.

Angelou, who lived in Harlem in the 1950s and 60s, passed away last week at the age of 86 at her Winston-Salem home. During her time in New York she was active in the Harlem Writer's Guild and earlier worked as a singer and dancer, at one time performing in "Porgy and Bess" at the Apollo Theater.

She published dozens of works spanning more than a half-century, most notably her signature 1969 work, "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings."

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