The U.S. Postal Service has revealed its Forever postage stamp featuring
The stamp has a portrait of Angelou alongside a quote from the author: "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."
Angelou was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 by President
The author's long creative life included stage performances that earned her a Tony nomination, recording a calypso record, writing for the screen, directing a film, acting and teaching creative writing.
Her books include the poetry collections "Shaker, Why Don't You Sing?" (1983), "And Still I Rise" (1978), "Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well" (1975) and "Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie" (1971) and the memoirs "A Song Flung Up to Heaven" (2002), "All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes" (1986), "The Heart of a Woman" (1981) and "Gather Together in My Name" (1974).
During her tumultuous childhood, Angelou lived with her grandmother for four years in Arkansas -- in a town called Stamps.
Her Forever stamp was created by artist Ross Rossin. The stamps will go on sale April 7 and can be pre-ordered now.