USA's Maya Angelou stamp features a quote from another author

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08 April 2015
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imports_CCGB_usas2015mayaangelouf_11603.jpg USA's 2015 Maya Angelou Forever Stamp
The USA’s recently issued Maya Angelou stamp features a quote which was actually written by author Joan Walsh Anglund ...
The USA’s recently issued Maya Angelou stamp features a quote which was actually written by author Joan Walsh Anglund, the Washington Post reports.

The quote:

‘A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song’

was used by Angelou in interviews and has been previously attributed to the late author whose autobiography was entitled I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, but is said to originate from Anglund’s book of poetry A Cup of Sun, published in 1967.

‘Had we known about this issue beforehand, we would have used one of [Angelous’s] many other works,’ USPS spokesman Mark Saunders told the newspaper.

More than 80 million Maya Angelou Forever stamps were produced.


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