Church To Protest Maya Angelou's Funeral

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 05/30/2014 | 12:30 PM EDT

Controversial group goes on Twitter rampage on literary icon

With the world mourning the loss of Maya Angelou, the very controversial Westboro Baptist Church is looking to protest the famous writer’s funeral.


On Twitter, the church asked its followers for details on Angelou’s funeral, followed by a series of hateful tweets about her.

“#mayaangelou spent many of her 86 yrs on f--'s favorite misdirection, pretending f--ing off is like being black,” read one tweet using a gay slur. It was also accompanied by a very offensive Vine video.

The Kansas church is known in the media for its various protests and events, including military funerals, gay pride gatherings, high-profile political gatherings and university commencement ceremonies. One of its most glaring signs have read “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “God Hates F*gs.”

Angelou, who is an award-winning author and poet, died this week at her home in North Carolina due to health complications. She was 86 years old.

Angelou’s funeral arrangements have not been announced. However, Mount Zion Baptist Church in Winston-Salem - where she was a member for over 30 years - will hold a memorial service to honor Angelou next Thursday. The memorial will be open to the public.

It remains unclear if the funeral, however, will be open to the public.

(Photos from Left: Kris Connor/Getty Images, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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