WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a new limited edition “Forever” stamp honoring the late poet and civil rights champion Maya Angelou. But a quotation on the stamp apparently originated elsewhere.
The stamp dedicated Tuesday showcases a portrait of Angelou and includes the quotation: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
Children’s book author Joan Walsh Anglund tells The Washington Post (https://wapo.st/1GkWVBG ) the quotation is from her book “A Cup of Sun,” published in 1967.
Angelou rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page. She died last May at her Winston-Salem, North Carolina, home at 86.