On Monday, Feb.23, the U.S. Postal Service announced that renowned author and poet Maya Angelou will be honored with a commemorative stamp.
Shortly after Angelou’s death last spring at the age of 86, a campaign was started to create a commemorative stamp in honor of the award-winning poet. A petition was circulated that read in part “Stamps have featured people for their notable accomplishments in the arts. They have included American heroes, but one is missing. Maya Angelou was influential in so many ways.” Tens of thousands of people agreed and the USPS took notice.
Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan expressed high praise for Angelou’s achievements.
“Maya Angelou inspired our nation through a life of advocacy and through her many contributions to the written and spoken word,” Brennan said. “Her wide-ranging achievements as a playwright, poet, memoirist, educator, and advocate for justice and equality enhanced our culture.”
A release date for the stamp has yet to be announced.