WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton says his friend, poet, orator and actress Maya Angelou lived enough to experience five lifetimes.
Clinton spoke Saturday at Angelou's memorial service in a chapel at Wake Forest University. He remembered the woman who read a poem at his first inaugural as a firefly.
Clinton says Angelou would light up at the most unpredictable times and show you something in your mind you had been burying or something in your heart you were afraid to face.
Clinton recalled how Angelou was a single mother at 17 and San Francisco's first African-American streetcar conductor before becoming a civil rights leader and an accomplished writer.
First lady Michelle Obama is to give the eulogy for Angelou, who died last week at age 86.
Family, friends and famous admirers plan to gather for a weekend tribute to poet, orator and sage Maya Angelou at the North Carolina university where she taught for more than 30 years.
A memorial service scheduled Saturday at Wake Forest University will feature remarks by first lady Michelle Obama. Former President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey also will attend.
Angelou was one of the 20th century's most famous black writers when she died last week at age 86. Her leading roles in civil rights and the arts helped her make famous friends of Malcolm X and Nelson Mandela.
Angelou was an American Studies professor at Wake Forest since 1982 despite never earning a college degree. Angelou's family says additional events will be held in other cities later.