The Oprah Winfrey Channel will honor the memory of Dr. Maya Angelou with repeat episodes of Super Soul Sunday, Master Class, and The Oprah Winfrey Show that feature the renowned poet and the network premiere of Oprah Winfrey’s Legend’s Ball.

Oprah also releases the follow statement regarding Dr. Angelou:

“I’ve been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister, and friend since my 20’s. She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. ‘When you learn, teach. When you get, give’ is one of my best lessons from her.

She won three Grammys, spoke six languages and was the second poet in history to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration. But what stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it’s how she lived her life. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds.”

The special tribute will air on Sunday, June 1, from 5-10 p.m. ET/PT.

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  • brandy

    This poem by Erickka Sy Savane is everything.


    I just heard that my favorite library has burned. When I got the news I wanted to
    cry, “Why this library and not another? This library, though old and
    frail, still had so much more to give. Just recently it was set to be
    given another award for its incredible contribution to the world. I
    can’t help but wonder what my life might have been without this library.

    You see, I discovered it when I was just 12 years old. It’s not that I
    had never seen a library, I remember being rolled into libraries in a
    red wagon alongside my brother before I even knew what to do. There was
    something special about this one. This library was beautiful. But not in
    the way of perfectly painted walls or high prestine ceilings, this
    library was worn and rough around the edges from a life that hadn’t been
    too kind. This library was filled with character and boasted stories so
    captivating that one had to stop.

    There was tragedy, triumph and enough resilience to make anyone feel
    that if the worst were to happen in his own life somehow it would all be

    And let’s not forget the words. Words zipping around in circles
    intertwining reconfiguring decomposing creating new ways to say things
    old and new. Ultimately, landing on the page like a beautiful symphony.
    This library was cool in the way that Miles Davis was. I would come to
    this place every day after school because there really was nothing
    greater to do.

    Then one day I moved to the Big City and discovered bigger libraries
    in beautiful places with new books filled with slicker vocabulary, hip
    hop themes and caviar dreams. Before you know it, I forgot all about
    that library.

    Then babies are born, rent is due, and there’s no time for libraries.
    Books even seem a luxury from a life lived long ago. I’m in the middle
    of washing dishes when I get the news that my favorite library has
    burned. I’m stunned into silence because though I knew it would have to
    happen one day, because let us not forget this library was old enough to
    be deemed a historical landmark, I can’t help but feel the loss. I
    would have visited more had I known that it might not be here forever.


  • Stacy L.

    I will watch them all.

  • Mary Burrell

    Dr. Angelou’s memory deserves to be acknowledged to the highest degree. Testimony of a life of purpose.

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