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Politicians and celebrities pay tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Dr. Maya Angelou is gone but not forgotten.

Family, friends and famous admirers gathered Saturday at Wake Forest University to pay tribute to the poet.

Politicians, diplomats and celebrities alike descended on the university to honor Maya Angelou.

The poet, author and civil rights champion credited for being a pioneer of her time and giving black women a voice.

First lady Michelle Obama praised the literary giant for breaking down barriers.

"Maya Angelou, now she was the original the first lady said.

“She was the master. For at a time when there were such stifling constraints on how black women could exist in the world, she serenely disregarded all the rules."

Former president Bill Clinton, who had Angelou recite a poem at his first presidential inauguration in 1993 and Oprah Winfrey also took time to pay tribute to their friend.

“As long as we have time we should keep the courage to begin again. That's what you did, and how blessed we are" Clinton said.

Angelou served as a professor of American studies at wake forest since 1982, the university says she had planned to teach a course on race, culture and gender this fall.

She was 86 when she died at her home on May 28.

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