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Maya Angelou: “A warrior for tolerance, equality, and peace.”

"Peace my brother, peace my sister, peace my soul." --Maya Angelou

Last week the world lost a powerful advocate, leader, and inspiration with the passing of Maya Angelou. Professor Charles Ogletree and Rehema Ellis paid tribute to the legendary author and activist on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports.

"Maya Angelou had a great impact on people in the past, but going forward she's the person who's the center of my universe, no question about that," said Ogletree. "She will be missed, but she will not be forgotten. We stand on her shoulders."

Powerful figures across the world have echoed his sentiment. including Melissa Harris-Perry, who said "Her generosity was unparalleled, but she wasn't even a little bit sentimental...Dr. Angelou is the reason I believed it was possible to be a teacher and a writer and a parent and to have a public persona. She was—she is—my model of how to fully live and how to do so with integrity." 

Maya Angelou's family paid tribute to her in a moving statement, saying "She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for tolerance, equality, and peace."

"As long as we live, we will have her as an eternal gift for us," said Ogletree. Watch the video above to learn more about her legacy from the people who loved her. 

Maya Angelou's memorial service will take place on Saturday June 16th at Wake Forest University. Live streaming of the service begins at 10:00AM

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