Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Ambassador Andrew Young and other notables gathered at Washington, D.C.'s Warner Theatre on April 7 to celebrate the United States Postal Service's unveiling of the new Maya Angelou "Forever" stamp. The stamp features a portrait of the late American poet along with the words, "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."
Even before the ceremony's distinguished speakers had a chance to honor Angelou's legacy with a namesake stamp, reporters went into detective mode to find out if the quote actually belonged to her. Although the saying used on the stamp loosely references Angelou's 1969 autobiography, I Know Why the ...
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