ST-maya7341428096065Is this more than an embarrassment? Well it’s certainly that. The quote used on our new Maya Angelou stamp is apparently not from her works, it’s actually from Joan Walsh Aglund’s book A Cup of Sun.

Maya Angelou may have spoken the words, even if she didn’t originate them (though in the form used they are a slight misquotation). As The Washington Post tells us,”Last year, in remarks at the presentation of the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal, President Obama attributed the quote to Angelou: ‘The late, great Maya Angelou once said, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” Each of the men and women that we honor today has a song — literally, in some cases. For others, it’s a talent, or a drive, or a passion that they just had to share with the world.’”

Probably easier if we just add this sentence to a new edition of her I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings with a quiet acknowledgement to Ms Aglund!

(Link via Book Patrol.)