One of America’s most revered poets is getting her own postage stamp. The U.S. Postal Service announced last month it would begin issuing the Maya Angelou Forever Stamp on April 7. A public First-Day-of-Issue stamp dedication ceremony will be held at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. The rendering of the stamp was unveiled on March 4.
Angelou, best known for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, her autobiographical account of life in the segregated South, died May 28, 2014, at age 86.
Stamps can be pre-ordered for delivery shortly after April 7, the Postal Service said.
The stamp uses Ross Rossin's 2013 portrait of Angelou, which is in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's collection where it will be on display through Nov. 1. It features this quote from her book: "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."
A national treasure, Angelou inspired people from all walks of life through her many talents as a poet, best-selling author, playwright, memoirist, educator, and civil rights advocate. She delivered a poem at President Clinton's first inauguration in 1993. In 2010, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama, the country's highest civilian honor.
Angelou was a friend to both Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and mentor to Oprah Winfrey, Tavis Smiley and other prominent leaders. On March 31, Random House will publish Angelou's The Complete Poetry. And on April 7, Tavis Smiley's book My Journey with Maya, about his friendship with the late author, will arrive from Little, Brown