Oprah to speak at Maya Angelou’s memorial service


Oprah Winfrey will be speaking at Maya Angelou’s memorial service on June 7, she has told Entertainment Weekly.

Winfrey also told the entertainment show that she was supposed to visit the poet after shooting scenes for her upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic, but spoke with her on the phone. The conversation left Oprah with no regrets.

“Sunday, just before coming down here I had an hour-long conversation with her,” said Winfrey. “She was so proud that I was doing this movie, and she said, ‘Take it, baby. Take it all the way,’ because she was a part of the movement.” Winfrey and Angelou shared a special bond that dates back to before Winfrey was famous.

“We met because when I was a young reporter in Baltimore and she was coming through town she was speaking at a school,” said Winfrey. “I called her up and said, ‘If you give me five minutes of your time. I promise you I won’t take more than five minutes.’ And I didn’t take more than five minutes and when I finished she said, ‘Who are you, girl?'”

When asked what she will say at the memorial service, Winfrey  said, “I don’t know what I will say, but it will just come.” – Entertainment Weekly