The Phenomenal Woman rises again. While Maya Angelou left us last year, her influence and greatness has not been forgotten. Actress, poet, novelist, trailblazer, survivor, and Civil Rights activist, Ms. Angelou was a true inspiration. In recognition of this American legend, the United States Postal Service will be issuing a Forever stamp honoring her.

“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.”

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USPS will preview the stamp and provide details of its release on a later date, but in the meantime here are some iconic images that would reflect our gone and greatly-missed sister.

 

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Image c/o Paul Morigi/AP, Dwight Carter, AP, Michael Tackett, Wayne Miller/Magnum

 

 

Princess Weekes is a part-time bookseller and a full-time writer with a Master’s in English from Brooklyn College. A former intern at BUST magazine, she has since written articles for The Mary Sue, BUST and maintains her own video channel under the name Melina Pendulum, discussing the intersection of pop culture, feminism and race. She is currently working on a fantasy novel about black witches during the Jim Crow era, while attempting to purchase every liquid lipstick the world has to offer.

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