Maya Angelou, or as we like to call her Mother Maya, will be receiving an amazing Forever Stamp (First Class postage) by the U.S. Postal Service later this year!
The honor was announced yesterday by Postmaster General Megan Brennan. Following the news, she delivered a touching statement about it: “Maya Angelou inspired our nation through a life of advocacy and through her many contributions to the written and spoken word. Her wide-ranging achievements as a playwright, poet, memoirist, educator, and advocate for justice and equality enhanced our culture.” We’re so excited!
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard news of a Black hero and heroine being honored through the American tradition of the everyday stamp publicly. But the U.S. Postal continues to print its Black heritage series, their latest and 38th inductee being Robert Robinson Taylor, America’s first Black architect who was academically trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In an awesome stream of familial achievements, his great granddaughter, Valerie Jarrett, is currently a White House Senior Advisor.
Other notables that have graced a Black Heritage stamp include Bessie Coleman, Anna Julia Cooper, and Malcolm X.
Angelou’s stamp will be released later this year.