This undated handout image provided by the US Postal Service shows the the limited edition “Forever” stamp honoring the late poet, author and civil rights champion Maya Angelou. The stamp for dedication at a Washington ceremony Tuesday showcases Atlanta artist Ross Rossin’s 2013 portrait of Angelou, an oil painting in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery collection. (AP Photo/USPS)

This undated handout image provided by the US Postal Service shows the the limited edition “Forever” stamp honoring the late poet, author and civil rights champion Maya Angelou.  (AP Photo/USPS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a new limited edition “Forever” stamp honoring the late poet and civil rights champion Maya Angelou. But a quotation on the stamp apparently originated elsewhere.

The stamp dedicated Tuesday showcases a portrait of Angelou and includes the quotation: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

Children’s book author Joan Walsh Anglund tells The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1GkWVBG ) the quotation is from her book “A Cup of Sun,” published in 1967.

Angelou rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page. She died last May at her Winston-Salem, North Carolina, home at 86.

First lady Michelle Obama participates in the unveiling of the Maya Angelou Forever Stamp, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Warner Theater in Washington. From left are, poet Sonia Sanchez; Eleanor Traylor, English Professor at Howard University; poet Nikki Giovanni; Mrs. Obama; Postmaster General Megan Brennan; Oprah Winfrey, artist Ross Rossin, and Ethel Kessler, art director for stamps with the U.S. Postal Service. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

First lady Michelle Obama participates in the unveiling of the Maya Angelou Forever Stamp, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Warner Theater in Washington. From left are, poet Sonia Sanchez; Eleanor Traylor, English Professor at Howard University; poet Nikki Giovanni; Mrs. Obama; Postmaster General Megan Brennan; Oprah Winfrey, artist Ross Rossin, and Ethel Kessler, art director for stamps with the U.S. Postal Service. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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