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Dr. Maya Angelou Honored with a Forever Stamp in Washington, D.C. by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

Gather Together in My Name, and indeed they did as the U.S. Postal Service honored Dr. Maya Angelou posthumously with a Forever stamp in Washington, D.C. on April 7, 2015.

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First-Day-of-Issue stamp dedication ceremony (L to R): Melissa Harris-Perry, Sophia Nelson, Valerie Simpson, Sonia Sanchez, Eleanor Traylor, Nikki Giovanni, First Lady Michelle Obama, Postmaster General Megan Brennan, Oprah Winfrey, Ross Rossin the artist of stamp and guest, Maya’s Grandson Colin Johnson and his wife, Maya’s Son Guy Johnson and his wife, Maya’s Great Grandchildren, and Grandson Elliot M. Jones, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2105. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

Legend Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was a world acclaimed author, poet, dancer, actress, singer, producer, director, activist, professor, and mentor. She was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Stamps, Arkansas. In 1951, she began her artistic careers, but gained worldwide acclaim after she released her 1969 autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Her accomplishments are countless and extraordinary with a life journey from Stamps, Arkansas to the White House, where in 1993 she recited her poem On the Pulse of Morning at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton.

The U.S. Postal Service has honored her with a Forever stamp featuring 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 1, 2015. The stamp features a quote: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song”; although it brings to mind the title of her first novel it is not her quote. It is an error hopefully the U.S. Postal Service will soon amend.

The First-Day-of-Issue stamp dedication ceremony took place in Washington D.C. on April 7, 2015. The Postmaster General Megan Brennan was joined at the Warner Theatre by the Angelou Family (Dr. Angelou’s son Guy Johnson, her grandsons Colin Johnson and Elliot Jones, their spouses, and Dr. Angelou’s great grand children), First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Ambassador Andrew Young, Carolyn McClain, US Attorney General Eric Holder, Sharon Malone, Valerie Jarrett, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Valerie Simpson and her two daughters Nicole and Asia Ashford, Alyson Williams, Sophia Nelson, Howard University English professor Eleanor Traylor, Roberta Flack, Howard Dodson, Malcolm X- Betty Shabazz family members, James Baldwin family members, Rolonda Watts, Mikki Taylor of Essence Magazine, George Faison, Tad Schnugg, stamp artist Ross Rossin, artist David Sugar, Susan L. Taylor, Roland Martin, Gary Warren, Turquoise Erving the ex-wife of Julius, Shawn Rivera of AZ YET, Rev. Joanne Braxton, Rita Whack, and many other notables in attendance. The Duke Ellington Dance Ensemble gracefully performed to Motherless Child. Alyson Williams opened the ceremony with the National Anthem and Lift Every Voice and Sing. The Benediction was delivered by Pastor H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry served as the Master of Ceremonies. Lisa Pacino of Under The Duvet Productions served as the Angelou family’s private personal photographer. The ceremony was followed by a Private VIP Reception at The City Club, Washington, D.C.

Exclusive Green Room and Private Reception photographs were taken by Lisa Pacino of Under The Duvet Productions who served as the Angelou family’s private personal photographer; in addition Lisa Pacino took photographs of the ceremony with the White House Press Pool. Photographs have been submitted to the Angelou Family; since this was a very high profile event we are very limited to share. We have gathered 50 photos for this article of a most historical and memorable day. Please enjoy!

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Dr. Maya Angelou’s grandson Colin Johnson and Ambassador Andrew Young, Green Room, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Ambassador Andrew Young putting on his Maya Angelou stamp pin in Green Room, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Alyson Williams and Dr. Maya Angelou’s grandson Colin Johnson, Green Room, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Sonia Sanchez and Nikki Giovanni, Green Room, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Sonia Sanchez, Green Room, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Dr. Maya Angelou’s grandson Elliot Jones, Carolyn McClain, Ambassador Andrew Young, Postmaster General Megan Brennan, Dr. Maya Angelou’s grandson Colin Johnson, Green Room, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Dr. Maya Angelou’s grandsons Elliot Jones and Colin Johnson with Nikki Giovanni, Green Room, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Dr. Maya Angelou’s grandsons Elliot Jones and Colin Johnson with Ambassador Andrew Young, Green Room, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Alyson Williams and George Faison, Green Room, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Dr. Maya Angelou’s grandson Colin Johnson and Valerie Simpson, Green Room, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Dr. Maya Angelou’s grandson Elliot Jones and Nikki Giovanni, Green Room, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Melissa Harris-Perry and Ambassador Andrew Young, Green Room, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Alyson Williams and Melissa Harris-Perry, Green Room, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Alyson Williams and Melissa Harris-Perry, Green Room, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Photograph of Dr. Maya Angelou on screen by Lisa Pacino, The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Duke Ellington Dance Ensemble, The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Alyson Williams and the DC National Guard, The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Melissa Harris-Perry, The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Ambassador Andrew Young, The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Nikki Giovanni, The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Dr. Maya Angelou’s great grandson and Sonia Sanchez, The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Oprah Winfrey, The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Oprah Winfrey, The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Oprah Winfrey, The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Oprah Winfrey, The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Dr. Maya Angelou’s son Guy Johnson and grandson Colin Johnson, The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Nikki Giovanni, First Lady Michelle Obama, Postmaster General Megan Brennan, and Oprah Winfrey, The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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The Unveiling, The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Dr. Maya Angelou’s son Guy Johnson, Backstage, The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Dr. Maya Angelou’s son Guy Johnson and his wife, Backstage, The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Turquoise Erving (ex-wife of Julius) and Valerie Simpson, The City Club, VIP Private Reception, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Rolonda Watts, The City Club, VIP Private Reception, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Asia Ashford, The City Club, VIP Private Reception, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Attallah Shabazz (daughter of Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X) and artist David Sugar, The City Club, VIP Private Reception, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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James Baldwin’s sister with Dr. Maya Angelou’s son Guy Johnson, The City Club, VIP Private Reception, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Shawn Rivera of the R&B group AZ YET, The City Club, VIP Private Reception, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Rita Whack and Rolonda Watts, The City Club, VIP Private Reception, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Dr. Maya Angelou’s great grandchildren with Asia Ashford and Rolonda Watts, The City Club, VIP Private Reception, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Dr. Maya Angelou’s grandsons Elliot Jones and Colin Johnson, The City Club, VIP Private Reception, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Dr. Maya Angelou’s grandson Colin Johnson, The City Club, VIP Private Reception, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Korianna Puckett, The City Club, VIP Private Reception, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Dr. Maya Angelou’s Family: grandson Colin Johnson and wife, son Guy Johnson and wife, great grand children, and grandson Elliot Jones, The City Club, VIP Private Reception, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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The Warner Theatre Marquee, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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The Green Room, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015. Exclusive Photography by Lisa Pacino.

Lisa Pacino and Under The Duvet Productions are based in New York. Photography services are available worldwide. If you wish to book photography services, receive information, and/or license images for commercial and/or promotional use please E-mail: UnderTheDuvetProductions@gmail.com

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Dr. Maya Angelou by photographer Lisa Pacino.

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