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Oprah Winfrey was praised and received blessings from the late Maya Angelou to create the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma.
Writer and poet Maya, who passed away last week, May 28, was an activist during the U.S. civil rights movement. She worked with King before he was killed in 1968.
Oprah is now producing and starring in the movie which tells the story of King’s voting rights campaign in 1965.
She revealed Maya assured her the project was worth fighting for.
Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight, “She was so proud that I was doing this movie and she said, ‘Take it baby, take it all the way.’ She was a part of the movement , worked with Martin Luther King Jr., understood what we were trying to do with this film.”
She cried when she talked about her friend of almost 40 years, but also said she desires to celebrate Maya’s life rather than just mourn her death.
She explained, “I have absolutely no regrets. It is so well with my soul because I celebrated her life. And I just had an hour conversation with her. Our last words were ‘I love you babe.‘”
“There were no words left unsaid, nothing was ever missing that I wanted to share or experience with her. I feel like I will miss her physical presence but her spirit, I can feel it rising in me.”
Winfrey also revealed she is set to give a eulogy at Angelou’s memorial service in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Saturday, June 7.