Quick! Get the New Maya Angelou Stamp Before They Stop Making It!
The Post Office wanted to honor Maya Angelou, so they just released a new stamp featuring her photo, and a quote . . .
"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."
Profound. Beautiful. Inspirational. And it really sums up her life especially since her famous autobiography is "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings". There's just one problem. It's NOT HER QUOTE.
It certainly seems like it would've been and people online have been attributing it to her for years. But it's actually by an author named Joan Walsh Anglund, from a book of poetry called "A Cup of Sun" in 1967.
A Post Office spokesman says they got the quote from a website that attributed it to Maya Angelou. "Had we known about this issue beforehand, we would have used one of [her] many other works."
But they found out too late to do anything about it and the stamp with the wrong quote was unveiled in a major ceremony yesterday featuring Oprah and Michelle Obama. It's on sale now but I'm guessing it will be discontinued and a new one released - so all you philatelic enthusiasts you better get yours now!
Source: Washington Post