WFU to dedicate Maya Angelou Hall Feb. 17

Maya Angelou Hall

On Friday, Feb. 17, Wake Forest University will hold a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for Maya Angelou Hall, a residence hall named for poet, author, professor and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.

This is a Wake Forest University community event and not open to the general public. However, media are invited to attend.

The ceremony will be livestreamed at

Angelou taught generations of Wake Forest students as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at the University from 1982 until her death in 2014.

The 3 p.m. ceremony will include remarks by Angelou’s grandson, Elliott Jones. Legendary singer and songwriter Valerie Ashford Simpson will perform a musical tribute.

Wake Forest leaders – including President Nathan Hatch, Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair Melissa Harris-Perry, Dean of Residence Life and Housing Donna McGalliard and Chief Diversity Officer Barbee Oakes – will also speak.

The official ribbon-cutting will take place following the dedication program inside the parlor of the residence hall. Media should plan to arrive no later than 2:30 p.m.

The stately 76,110-square-foot, five-story building designed to house 224 students is located on the south side of campus. The residence hall includes a classroom, study spaces, a media/game room, kitchens, and a recreation lounge. The Residence Life and Housing offices are located on the ground floor.

The building was completed in December and opened in January. Currently, sophomores, juniors and seniors – many of whom studied abroad during the fall semester — live in the residence hall. Beginning in the fall, Maya Angelou Hall will house first-year students only.

Read more about Maya Angelou Hall.

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