“I’ve been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister, and friend since my 20s,” Oprah Winfrey said in a statement about the simulcast. “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 will always be the rainbow in my clouds.”
The service will air live Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT on OWN.