Oprah-Wait Chapel, Winston-Salem

Oprah was in Winston-Salem to help the family of the late Maya Angelou plan her memorial service.

She and a group were inside Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University until 1 p.m. Monday hashing out the details of what is expected to be a great send-off.

A private memorial service will be held in Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel at 10 a.m. Saturday.  The Angelou family decided to have a closed service for family and close friends only due to limited seating capacity.

University Spokesman, Kevin Cox said, “We are limiting access to the campus, to those who are invited and to those who need to be here.”

The university is honored to host the services for a woman they say gave them so much.

Cox said, “We expect that her impact on us will go on for years and years.”

It is not yet known exactly who will be in attendance; however, given Angelou’s reach, we can expect dignitaries from near and far.

University officials are confident they can keep them and the campus safe saying,  “We’ve hosted every kind of possible event on this campus that have had extremely high levels of security, and lower levels, and we’re prepared to meet whatever the need is,” said Cox.

Dr. Angelou succumbed to her health problems last Wednesday in her Winston-Salem home. She was 86.

Additional celebrations of her life will be held in various cities across the country according to Wake Forest.

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