Media members watch on a screen as First lady Michelle Obama speaks during a memorial service for poet and author Maya Angelou at Wait Chapel. at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, June 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, first lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey said Saturday they were among the millions touched by Angelou's wisdom when they needed help to rise.Family and friends gathered Saturday to remember one of the 20th century's most famous black writers. Dr. Angelou, as she liked to be addressed out of respect for all the honorary degrees she received, died May 28 at age 86 .Tall and majestic, Angelou added heft to her spoken words with a deep and sonorous voice.Clinton remembered that voice, and how Angelou chose not to speak for five years after she was raped by her mother's boyfriend as a child.Angelou taught her to look beyond trouble and spot the rainbow in the clouds, Winfrey said.Winfrey and Obama, seated next to each other in the chapel's front row, swayed in unison as Grammy-winning gospel singer Bobby Jones prompted people to wave their hands and clap.
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