Maya Angelou’s ‘forever’ stamp dedication

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When Henry Louis Gates Jr. first called his good friend Oprah Winfrey to tell her that their “sister friend” Maya Angelou, who died at 86 in May, would soon have her own United States “forever” stamp, Winfrey’s first reaction was to laugh.

“I literally LOLd,” Oprah told a crowd of about 1,700 on Tuesday during the stamp’s official “day of issue” ceremony at the Warner Theatre in Washington. “I knew that is exactly what Maya would have done. Oh yeah, she’d get a big kick out of this moment today.”

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