There's something wrong with this Maya Angelou stamp

There's something wrong with this Maya Angelou stamp

This is the US postal service's stamp paying tribute to the late, legendary writer Maya Angelou.

Just one problem: while Angelou wrote the memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she did not write the quotation on the stamp.

The Washington Post reports the quote is actually from a 1967 book by children's author Joan Walsh Anglund. Anglund, now 89, told the newspaper "a bird doesn't sing because it has an answer; it sings because it has a song" was by her, with one small change: the pronoun "he" has been replaced by "it" on the stamp.

The quote has been widely attributed to Angelou - including by Barack Obama at the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities ceremony last year.

A spokesperson for the Postal Service told the Washington Post: "Had we known about this issue beforehand, we would have used one of [Angelou’s] many other works."

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