Westboro Baptist Church says it plans to picket Maya Angelou’s funeral

FILE -- Dr. Maya Angelou

TOPEKA, Kansas - The highly-controversial Westboro Baptist Church is planning to picket Maya Angelou’s funeral.

According to WGHP, the group asked its Twitter followers for information about Angelou’s services as well as tweeted several hateful messages about the late author, poet and activist.

Angelou was an award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist.

She died Wednesday in her Winston-Salem home at age 86.

Angelou had been reportedly battling health problems.

She recently canceled a scheduled appearance of a special event to be held in her honor.

Angelou’s funeral arrangements have not been announced.

However, Mount Zion Baptist Church in Winston-Salem will hold a memorial service to honor Angelou at 7:30 p.m. Thursday which will be open to the public.

Angelou was a member of the church for over 30 years.

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