Newswise — (Winston-Salem, N.C. – May 28, 2014) – 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. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Angelou’s family and friends during this difficult time.
"Maya Angelou has been a towering figure at Wake Forest and in American culture," said Nathan O. Hatch, president of Wake Forest University. "She had a profound influence incivil rights and racial reconciliation. We will miss profoundly her lyrical voice and always keen insights." Details about a campus memorial service may be shared at a later date. About Wake Forest UniversityWake Forest University combines the best traditions of a small liberal arts college with the resources of a large research university. Founded in 1834, the school is located in Winston-Salem, N.C. The University’s graduate school of arts and sciences, divinity school, and nationally ranked schools of law, medicine and business enrich our intellectual environment. Learn more about Wake Forest University at www.wfu.edu.