A petition was circulated to get Angelou a stamp last year following the poet's death

By Alex Heigl
Updated February 24, 2015 02:40 PM
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The U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that it would be issuing a new stamp commemorating poet Maya Angelou, who died last spring.

Following Angelou’s death last year, an informal campaign sprung up to get Angelou her own stamp, complete with a petition reading, in part, “Stamps have featured people for their notable accomplishments in the arts. They have included American heroes, but one is missing.”

“Maya Angelou inspired our nation through a life of advocacy and through her many contributions to the written and spoken word,” Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan said in a press statement. “Her wide-ranging achievements as a playwright, poet, memoirist, educator, and advocate for justice and equality enhanced our culture.”