The U.S Postal Service to honor Dr. Maya Angelou with a Forever Stamp by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
The U.S Postal Service will honor Dr. Maya Angelou with a Forever stamp. The First-Day-of-Issue stamp dedication ceremony will take place in Washington D.C. on April 7th.
Dr. Maya Angelou Forever Stamp; date of issue April 7, 2015.
Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an acclaimed author, poet, dancer, actress, singer, activist, teacher, and mentor.
The stamp showcases Atlanta-based artist Ross Rossin’s 48” x 48” oil-on-canvas portrait of Dr. Angelou. The large realistic painting is part of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s collection, where it will be on display through November 1st. The stamp features a quote: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song” loosely based on her 1969 autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.
The Postmaster General Megan Brennan will be joined by the Angelou Family, Oprah Winfrey, Ambassador Andrew Young, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Sophia Nelson, George Faison, Valerie Simpson, and other notables in dedicating the Maya Angelou Forever stamp. Alyson Williams will open the ceremony with the National Anthem and Lift Every Voice and Sing. MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry will serve as emcee. Lisa Pacino of Under The Duvet Productions will serve as the Angelou family’s personal photographer.
Please look for our article and photo coverage next week.