Nothing like showing your appreciation for a late American icon by botching the method of honoring that person. The Postal Service, no stranger to bungling things, may have done that on Tuesday at a dedication ceremony for the new Maya Angelou “Forever” stamp. The stamp features a beautiful, realistic oil painting of the late poet. The problem: the quote to the left of her smiling face is not hers. “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song,” the stamp reads. Although this quote is frequently attributed to Angelou, author Joan Walsh Anglund has come forward to claim that the line was in one of her book of poems—but she’s cool with its inclusion on the stamp. “It’s an interesting connection, and interesting it would happen and already be printed and on her stamp,” Anglund said. “I love her and all she’s done.” A spokesperson for the Postal Service explained that the use of the quote was intentional because it was something Angelou referenced often. Even President Obama once attributed the quote to Angelou. For those who aren’t happy about it, there’s another famous Angelou quote that comes to mind: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
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