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WASHINGTON — At a ceremony attended by some of the nation’s most powerful African American women and men, the U.S. Postal Service honored the phenomenal life of poet Maya Angelou who was raised in Stamps,Arkansas.

Hundreds of admirers — including First Lady Michelle Obama, White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, Attorney General Eric Holder, singer Valerie Simpson, singer Roberta Flack and Clinton adviser Donna Brazile — crowded into the Warner Theatre in downtown Washington, D.C., for the Maya Angelou Forever Stamp dedication ceremony, which stretched for nearly two hours in what emcee Melissa Harris-Perry likened to a church service.

“They say Easter was Sunday, but we’re still having church here,” Harris-Perry said after Alyson Williams led the crowd in singing, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Oprah Winfrey, Ambassador Andrew Young, poet Sonia Sanchez, author Sophia A. Nelson, poet Nikki Giovanni and professor Eleanor Traylor delivered impassioned tributes to Angelou — the author, the poet, the activist and friend.

“Her words carry the spirit of creation,” Sanchez said.

Winfrey said that Angelou had lived a “big, bold and bodacious life.”  

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Postmaster General Megan Brennan standing between First Lady Michelle Obama

Oprah Winfrey  during a dedication ceremony for The Maya Angelou Forever Stamp 

Warner Theatre Washington, D.C.​, April 7, 2015

Dr. Maya Angelou. mentor and friend of 
Oprah Winfrey for more than 40 years_2013
​Maya Angelou reading in her dressing room before a 
performance at Village Vanguard  
New York_circa 1950’s

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”  ~Maya Angelou



Camille Mitchell