Oprah Winfrey spoke to Entertainment Tonight on Friday and revealed that she’ll be speaking at Dr. Maya Angelou’s memorial service on June 7th.
She also revealed that she was supposed to visit Maya after shooting scenes for her Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic, Selma, in Atlanta — but ended up speaking with her on the phone.
“Sunday, just before coming down here I had an hour-long conversation with her,” said Winfrey. “She was so proud that I was doing this movie, and she said, ‘Take it, baby. Take it all the way,’ because she was a part of the movement.” Winfrey and Angelou shared a special bond that dates back to before Winfrey was famous.
“We met because when I was a young reporter in Baltimore and she was coming through town she was speaking at a school,” said Winfrey. “I called her up and said, ‘If you give me five minutes of your time. I promise you I won’t take more than five minutes.’ And I didn’t take more than five minutes and when I finished she said, ‘Who are you, girl?'”
As far as what Oprah will say at Maya’s memorial service, she told ET “I don’t know what I will say, but it will just come.“