Media Advisory: WFU presence at Maya Angelou’s Apr. 7 stamp dedication

pr15_019Wake Forest University faculty, staff and alumni will be among those present for the dedication ceremony of the Maya Angelou Forever Stamp in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Apr. 7. They include:

  • Melissa Harris-Perry (’94), Presidential Endowed Chair in Politics and International Affairs, Executive Director of Wake Forest’s Pro Humanitate Institute and MSNBC host, who will serve as the master of ceremonies;
  • Barbee Myers Oakes (’80), Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion; and
  • Wade Stokes (’83), Assistant Dean.

Angelou, a longtime Winston-Salem resident, was the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest for more than 30 years until her death in 2014 at the age of 86.

The 11 a.m. first-day-of-issue stamp dedication ceremony will take place at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. The Maya Angelou Forever stamps may be pre-ordered now at this link for delivery shortly after April 7.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, also attending the ceremony will be Angelou’s grandson Colin Johnson; Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL); poet Sonia Sanchez; author and journalist Sophia Nelson; Howard University English professor Eleanor Traylor; poet and civil rights activist Nikki Giovanni; civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton; and Atlanta-based artist Ross Rossin, whose portrait of Angelou was used for the stamp.

Additional details about the event are available in this news release from the Postal Service.

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