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Maya Angelou featured on the new Forever stamp

By Aileen Graef
Maya Angelou featured on the new Forever stamp
The U.S. Postal Service released the image of Maya Angelou's Forever stamp. Image: U.S. Postal Service

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- The United States Postal Service has unveiled the Forever postage stamp commemorating the life of author and poet Maya Angelou.

Angelou, well-known for the poem "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," is featured on the stamp along with the quote: "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."

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Angelou received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 and recited one of her pieces at President Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993.

"Maya Angelou inspired our nation through a life of advocacy and through her many contributions to the written and spoken word," Postmaster General Megan Brennan said in a statement. "Her wide-ranging achievements as a playwright, poet, memoirist, educator, and advocate for justice and equality enhanced our culture."

Angelou died last year at the age of 86.

The stamp is available for pre-order on the USPS website.

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