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Maya Angelou Quote on Forever Stamp Comes Under Scrutiny April 7, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — jerzygirl45 @ 2:57 pm

TIME

The United States Postal Service will honor late poet and author Maya Angelou with a “forever” stamp on Tuesday during a star-studded event in Washington. But a Washington Post columnist is raising questions about the true origin of the quote featured on her stamp.

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song,” the stamp reads. That quote doesn’t come from her celebrated 1969 autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, but a 2013 blog interview with Angelou does quote her using the phrase. President Obama even attributed the quote to Angelou at a ceremony for the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities.

But the Washington Post’s Lonnae O’Neal says the quote may have first appeared in the 1967 book “A Cup of Sun” by Joan Walsh Auglund. The question was first raised by former Washington Post book editor who…

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