Tuesday, April 7, 2015

stamps: maya angelou

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Author, poet, actress, and champion of civil rights Dr. Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was one of the most dynamic voices in all of 20th-century American literature. The book "I know Why the Caged Bird Sings", an autobiographical account of her childhood, gained wide acclaim for its vivid depiction of African-American life in the South.

The stamp showcases artist Ross Rossin's 2013 portrait of Dr. Angelou. The oil painting is part of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's collection. In the bottom left corner is the following quotation by the pioneering author: "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." Above the quotation is her name in red lettering. 

The Maya Angelou stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp in sheets of 12.

You can read more about the Maya Angelou stamp here.

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