First Lady Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton Remember Maya Angelou With These Words

The poet and Civil Rights activist Maya Angelou was remembered on Saturday by Bill Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama in a moving memorial service filled with orators inspired by Angelou's words. Clinton said Angelou, who died in May at age 86, lived "five lifetimes in one." Oprah Winfrey, among others, also spoke at the service to remember Angelou.

The First Lady mentioned that Angelou had inspired people "all across the globe," including a white woman in Kansas. Hint: She's talking about her late mother-in-law, Ann Dunham.

Elliott Jones, Maya Angelou's grandson, opened the memorial service by reading one of Angelou's most powerful poems, "Still I Rise." And Bill Clinton predictably made a moving speech — how does this guy deliver every time? — saying Angelou had "the greatest voice on the planet."

Angelou memorably recited her poem “On The Pulse Of Morning" at Clinton's 1993 inauguration and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S.'s highest civilian award, from Obama in 2011. Hard to honor a poet and artist like Angelou with more words, but Clinton, Obama, and Winfrey managed to do her justice Saturday. We gathered some of their best remembrances:

1. Clinton: Angelou made me think

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Bill Clinton compared Angelou's influence to that of fireflies.

2. Obama: Angelou Gave Me Confidence

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One of the world's most powerful and eloquent women, First Lady Michelle Obama attributed her confidence to Angelou's inspiring words.

3. Oprah: Angelou was my guide

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A tearful Oprah also gave Angelou credit for her growth and self-worth.