Mourning the Loss of Maya Angelou

May 28, 2014

All of us at Winston-Salem State University are truly saddened by the passing of Dr. Angelou.  One of her greatest gifts to the university was her deep caring for our students that she demonstrated by serving as a mentor and an inspiration to many of them.  For several years, she was the keynote speaker for our freshman convocation program and even worked with one class from the time they came to campus through their senior year.  She paid close attention to their academic and their personal progress and made sure they knew she was watching them.
I had the good fortune to meet Dr. Angelou shortly after I arrived in Winston-Salem and had maintained contact with her over the years.  So, this is a personal loss for me as well as a loss for our campus, this community and this nation.  We are fortunate to know that her legacy will certainly continue to have impact and we appreciate her contributions to us and to all those whose lives she touched.

Donald Julian Reaves
Winston-Salem State University Chancellor

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