A crowd of 1,700 came out April 7, 2015, including Oprah Winfrey, first lady Michelle Obama and former UN Ambassador Andrew Young, for Maya Angelou’s forever stamp dedication at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC. It was a touching ceremony featuring celebrities, dignitaries and family.
“a phenomenal woman… (what an) audacious life that she dared to live in a way that dazzled and gave meaning to all of us who knew her and millions who didn’t,” shared Oprah Winfrey about Maya.
Maya’s friend and former UN Ambassador Andrew Young added he was, “inspired by her teachings but mostly by her phone calls in the middle of the night.”
A beloved American poet, author, actress and civil rights activist (1928-2014), Dr. Maya Angelou was a well-known Fulbrighter who lectured in Liberia during her Fulbright 40th Anniversary Distinguished Lecturer grant in 1986. She was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton and Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama.
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