WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton says his friend, poet, orator and actress Maya Angelou (MY'-uh AN'-juh-loh) 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.
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