This week The U.S. Postal Service announced it will release a "forever" stamp honoring writer Maya Angelou, the agency announced Monday. “Maya Angelou inspired our nation through a life of advocacy and through her many contributions to the written and spoken word,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. “Her wide-ranging achievements as a playwright, poet, memoirist, educator, and advocate for justice and equality enhanced our culture.” No launch date or artwork has been released as of yet but it will surely be added to my collection.
In addition to being an author, Angelou was a professor, a Tony-nominated performer, an official with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a calypso singer who danced with Alvin Ailey, a streetcar conductor, an actress, a screenwriter and a film director.
Her primary work was as a memoirist and poet; she recited a poem at President Bill Clinton's 1993 inauguration. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 by President Obama.
Her books include the poetry collections "Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing?" (1983), "And Still I Rise" (1978), "Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well” (1975) and "Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie" (1971) and the memoirs "A Song Flung Up to Heaven" (2002), "All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes" (1986), "The Heart of a Woman" (1981) and "Gather Together in My Name" (1974). last book was the memoir "Mom & Me & Mom," published in 2013.