Mourning the loss of Dr. Maya Angelou

Today members of the Wake Forest University community mourn the loss of beloved poet, author, actress, civil rights activist and professor Dr. Maya Angelou.

Dr. Angelou was a national treasure whose life and teachings inspired millions around the world, including countless students, faculty, and staff at Wake Forest, where she served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies since 1982.

“Maya Angelou has been a towering figure — at Wake Forest and in American culture. She had a profound influence in civil rights and racial reconciliation,” said President Nathan Hatch. “We will miss profoundly her lyrical voice and always keen insights.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Angelou’s family and friends during this difficult time.

A remembrance website and guestbook for Maya Angelou are available.

Details about a campus memorial service may be shared at a later date.

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