Fitting Irony – Maya Angelou USPS Stamp Features Stolen Quote Not Actually Hers….

In an irony befitting only a rabid President Obama supporter, the USPS is releasing a stamp to honor Maya Angelou. The only problem is the quote accompanying the image of Mrs. Angelou is not actually hers – it’s a fraud.

maya angelou stamp fraud

The stamp features the quote: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” Apparently the USPS was trying to highlight a 1969 book authored by Angelou titled “I know why the caged bird sings“.

But the actual quote does not belong to Angelou. The quotation on the stamp is from “A Cup of Sun”, a 1967 poetry collection by children’s author Joan Walsh Anglund. When Anglund was contacted by the Washington Post she admitted the quotation was actually from her own writing, and not from Maya Angelou.

However, a Postal Service spokesman also told the Post the line, which has been widely -and falsely- attributed to Angelou, by people including President Obama, was approved for use on the stamp by Angelou’s family. Go figure.

According to the LATimes:

“It’s likely too late for the Postal Service to do anything about the stamp, at least in the short term. A dedication ceremony for the stamp is under way in Washington, D.C., as of this writing. Expected guests include First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and writer and broadcaster Melissa Harris-Perry”.

How fitting.  Selling yet another Obama governmental ruse you have Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Melissa Harris-Perry honoring a fellow phony with the use of a fraud.


You just can’t make this stuff up folks.

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92 Responses to Fitting Irony – Maya Angelou USPS Stamp Features Stolen Quote Not Actually Hers….

  1. Eleanor in Hell says:

    I asked Marguerite about the stamp quote tonight at dinner. She said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude or bite me!” 😎

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Clownzilla says:

    Will Joan Anglund litigate? That is the question…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. auscitizenmom says:

    It appears that pretty much the whole Black mystique is a total FRAUD.

    Liked by 4 people

  4. czarowniczy says:

    I’m sure that there’s a USPS fall guy whose job is to try and make incompetent staff look better. When our shop had a letter go out, after being reviewed by highly-paid and government certified supervisory staff at all levels, a letter that looked as if it had been written as an exercise in creative urban freestyle street-talk, we just hired a very well-paid person who had a graduate degree in English. Her job was to make sure that written products composed and reviewed by supervisors making better than $60K a year met our 8th grade standard English requirements before being sent out.

    Liked by 4 people

    • dginga says:

      We had to do that in the Customer Service department of a bank I worked for. Most of our representatives – all of them high school grads, some college – were so incompetant at writing, having been educated in government schools, that we wrote form letters for them to use for pretty much everything, and if they wrote something themselves it had to be proofed by a department editor. We ran class after class in business writing, but you cannot teach in eight hours something a person failed to learn in 12 – 16 years of school.

      Even worse, I have a friend who works at one of the largest banks in America. She is a 60-year-old English major. Her job is “Executive Communications,” and what she does is edit all communications that come from the very highest levels of her company, be they letters, Powerpoint presentations, speeches, reports, etc. If someone outside the company is going to see it, she has to approve it. Why? Because these very highly paid executives with their Ivy League MBAs are not necessarily good writers, and they also don’t seem able to catch their spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. I asked what American businesses will do when those of us who WERE taught these skills are retired or are no longer around to correct their mistakes. She laughed and said that by that time nobody will be around who knows it’s a mistake.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Our were far from graduating from ANY college and some basic business concepts were so totally foreign they couldn’t grasp them.
        We’d send team out to train new agencies who’d signed on-board with us. About two weeks before the training the division would send down the huge paper manual masters for my plant to reproduce, box up and mail out to the training site. Early on I took the manuals and made PDF files so that if any changes were to be made they just had to bring me the changed pages, I could scan them in and update the file and – poof – print away. Nope, couldn’t grasp that – they couldn’t even grasp the idea of my having a PDF file that would allow me to print on demand an not to have to scan in hundreds of pages each time. We finally reached an agreement: they brought down the entire package of materials each time with the changes marked and I just changed the stored files without trying to explain it to them.
        The other thing was that having to print, box and FedEx/UPS dozens of cases of training materials all over the US, even at government rates, was expensive. I suggested that I take the PDF files, find a printing service like a Kinkos nearby the training site in the city and sned the files over the wires to it. They could print and assemble and either transport the cases themselves of have the training site folks pick them up. TWO YEARS and I couldn’t these folks to grasp the concept – they were afraid of it because the couldn’t warp their minds around it. They kept on coming up with ‘what ifs’ and I told them that each one could be dealt with quite easily and quickly. Nope, too foreign – and don’t even get me started on having the files on a laptop and using a portable projector and having the PDF files posted to the agencies’ internal servers.
        Then again, that’s why they’re working for teh Feds and not a productive business.

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  5. texan59 says:

    I’ve said it for years. Show me one thing that the gubmint does that actually works the way they tell us it will work. 🙄

    Liked by 3 people

  6. True Colors says:

    Just imagine the uproar if the U.S. post office had credited a white person for something that had actually been created by a black person.

    Same song, millionth verse.


    Liked by 6 people

  7. Just Tea says:

    Makes me wonder if she had done this kind of thing before with other quotes.


    • BertDilbert says:

      She has passed on. This is the work of government providing polish.


    • smiley says:

      real name : Marguerite Annie Johnson
      got the idea for “Maya” from family nickname, supposedly, “mya sister”.
      had been a nightclub dancer going by “Rita” or “Marguerite Johnson” when managers decided she needed a more “distinctive” name : Maya Angelou.
      even though she did not earn a college/university degree, she apparently preferred to be called “Dr. Angelou”.
      (gleaned from Wikipedia)

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    • James F says:

      The title of her best known book “I know why the caged bird sings” was ripped off from this poem.

      I know what the caged bird feels, alas!
      When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;
      When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass,
      And the river flows like a stream of glass;
      When the first bird sings and the first bud opes,
      And the faint perfume from its chalice steals—
      I know what the caged bird feels!

      I know why the caged bird beats his wing
      Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;
      For he must fly back to his perch and cling
      When he fain would be on the bough a-swing;
      And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars
      And they pulse again with a keener sting—
      I know why he beats his wing!

      I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
      When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,—
      When he beats his bars and he would be free;
      It is not a carol of joy or glee,
      But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core,
      But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings—
      I know why the caged bird sings!

      Paul Laurence Dunbar 1872–1906

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  8. ZurichMike says:

    “Dr.” Angelou — she used the title even though she never completed a doctorate herself (just honorary degrees from the fawning white guilt universities). A total, shameless fraud.

    Liked by 3 people

  9. BertDilbert says:

    “was approved for use on the stamp by Angelou’s family.”

    That is like calling Pepsi to use a Coke trademark.

    Liked by 3 people

  10. justfactsplz says:

    This is so wrong. They should be forced to remove the quote. The author should sue. I won’t by any stamps except the American flag. Nope, I tell them no.

    Liked by 5 people

  11. James F says:

    She very well could have said it and that is good enough. White authors have been disproportionately quoted and don’t deserve any more credit until the disparity is corrected.


  12. JB from SoCal says:

    Puzzling indeed. Did she herself make this (bad) decision before she passed away? Wonder why they just didn’t use the title of her book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Of course, I’m presuming that the title was actually her own intellectual property.
    But thanks to all involved with this latest discovery for so deftly avoiding the use of the dreaded “P” word.
    And kudos to the PhotoShop Dept. at USPS for the Herculean effort on her countenance. Now Bravo! . . .THAT’s Artistry!!


    • Roy says:

      “And kudos to the PhotoShop Dept. at USPS for the Herculean effort on her countenance. Now Bravo! . . .THAT’s Artistry!!”

      The PhotoShop Dept. at USPS must have hired the PhotoShop Dept. at O (Oprah) Magazine. THAT’s Artistry!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. JB from SoCal says:

    To address a comment made above by Monroe and others, don’t look for the real author to litigate anytime soon. I thought her name looked familiar. Yep, she is just plain “Joan Walsh,” Obama Fan Club Cheerleader and “A frequent guest commentator on MSNBC and CNN . . .” [FB]


    • Pam says:

      Joan Walsh Anglund has written over 120 children’s books, she is not Joan Walsh, the TV girl…

      Liked by 1 person

      • JB from SoCal says:

        Yes, you are correct and I was wrong. Googling JWA brought me up dozens of JW of Salon-CNN-MSNBC fame, which I recognized right away as “the TV girl.” Thanks for that, Pam.


  14. David says:

    More proof that agenda trumps truth if you’re a leftist. One can logically conclude from this that leftist have sided with evil and believe that misunderstanding has more power than good. The Goal of the Left is to replace God and make hell on earth. On lighter note : Maybe for the bird a song is the answer….whatever.


    • smiley says:

      many…most… leftist women I know/have known believe in remaking themselves.
      actually remaking their identities according to whatever their social grievance might be.
      this often includes fabricating a life “path” that lends more “credence” than their actual biography…so they can appear to “walk the talk”.
      and be viewed as some sort of “authority” on the maudlin subject.


      • smiley says:

        and….its quite ok to do that b/c its always based on the “inner child” screaming to get out of some sort of perceived past abuse.
        its not a con !
        its: following one’s path & choosing to be the person you want the world to think you are.
        and having the audacity to hope the world believes it.


      • Sentient says:

        True dat. In general, it seems that the ratio of women who change their FIRST name to men who do the same is about 50:1. A sizeable percentage of women – although perhaps not a majority – like novelty for its own sake. This is why the priesthood is limited to men.


      • Roy says:

        I ran into a “Life Coach” in a waiting room yesterday. I’d never heard of this position, but it sounded like goobly-gook and I came home wanting a stiff drink in the middle of the day.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Now, now, now, smiley, men do it, too. There was the Swiss guy who published a memoir “remembering” how bad the Swiss had been to him – not true. Then, there was the American guy who published a book, and was featured, if I’m not mistaken, on Oprah, who remembered being dreadfully abused – not true.
        I’m sure there are other examples. I think you may be right about the leftist part though.


  15. moe ham head says:

    maybe they will all wear tampon earings

    Liked by 1 person

  16. thesouthwasrght says:

    This fraud amounts to petit theft compared to the airliner hijacking known as MLK.

    Liked by 2 people

  17. TwoLaine says:

    I liked Maya until she refused to respond to a request I made to her on behalf of a child’s dream for a children’s charity. After that, she was no longer anyone special. Yawn.

    I hope the real author sues the family and the gobt for fraud and theft!

    Liked by 1 person

  18. TheLastDemocrat says:

    I don’t get how this is a “fitting irony.” Maya Angelou wrote her own books largely about her own life. She was a good writer – if anyone doesn’t particularly like her writing, don’t read her writing. She was a good public speaker. She could hold an audience in enthralled engagement for an hour solid.

    If anyone doesn’t like her public speaking, don’t listen to reruns on PBS.

    She chose an already-written line for a title of her break-out book – big deal. Adam Smith stole the phrase “The Wealth of Nations.” (That’s your Bible trivia for the day.)

    The sad aspect of this story is this issue, duly noted already:
    progressives have a cult-like avoidance of the truth for the sake of The Cause; they cannot simply set a quote with someone’s image. The MLKjr statue was yet another example.

    One person does this, and the remainder don’t care. These progressives do not care that TM was in the wrong – should have strolled home in the generous time frame he had rather than to skulk around looking to confront a “cracker;” sure, some might see TM as “wrong,” but they don’t care because some other day, in some other place, a black teen WAS inappropriately identified as a local threat, proving that our capitalist society is evil and must be overthrown by revolution.

    That is all that matters. So, no one will care about this embarrassing mishap.

    If we all were smart, and things worked as they should, we would rush out and buy a bunch, before they get recalled and destroyed – they should become rare “misprints.” But they won’t.

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  19. joanfoster says:

    There is a quote in the Oval Office rug designed for Obama that is wrongfully attributed to MLK


  20. chick20112011 says:

    “Joan Walsh Anglund didn’t WRITE that by herself”. -Barack Obama


  21. shipley130 says:

    Not to mention she ran a whore house…what a GAB.


  22. jett black says:

    The process: “Din she say sumptin’ bout a bird?” “Yi.” “Put sumptin’ bout a bird on dat.” “Dat’s right.” Details? Truth? Homework? Couldn’t be bothered.


  23. Sweet Baby Ray says:

    Now, now…

    If Loyal Citizens(TM) don’t have The Government decide who should be rewarded for the work that they didn’t build, well, to quote the noble statesman Marvin Tikvah, “I mean, come on!”


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