I understand how the wrong quote ended up on the Maya Angelou postage stamp, I really do. Poetry isn’t my thing, I’ve never read her work, and I might have made the same mistake. What I can’t comprehend is why doing right by this preeminent poet is so hard.
One does not have to appreciate poetry to understand that a writer who deserves her own stamp deserves her own work on that stamp.
One does not have to be a woman to wonder if the United States Postal Service would allow this mistake to turn into disrespect if she were a man.
One does not have to be a person of color to wonder why, when we are trying so hard to recognize that not everyone who has done amazing things in this country was white, we can’t take the time, and spend the money, to reissue this stamp. It can be with a quote of Angelou’s, or at the very least, with proper credit for Joan Walsh Anglund, whose line of poetry, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song, ” has apparently been misattributed to Angelou for years.
Therefore, I did something about it, but it won’t be worth much unless I can get a hundred thousand like-minded individuals to help by signing the petition that calls for this mistake to be fixed. Because making mistake is human, but coming up with excuses not to make it right is just pathetic.
Please sign, share, reblog, and put up a stink. Thank you.