10:22 am
Wed May 28, 2014

WFU President's Statement on the Death of Maya Angelou

Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch today shared his thoughts on the death of Dr. Maya Angelou with the students, faculty and staff.

Dr. Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou
Credit Wake Forest University

In his statement, Hatch said, "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.

Dr. Angelou has been a towering figure -- at Wake Forest and in American culture. She had a profound influence in civil rights and racial reconciliation. 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."

Dr. Angelou was a Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.  Dr. Hatch said that a remembrance site will be set up on the WFU website later today, where people will be invited to "leave their memories and condolences."