Saturday, February 9, 2013

Black History Month


This is the information of the US Postal Service website.

What is the Black Heritage Stamp Series?

The Black Heritage Stamp Series is a collection of stamps commemorating the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans throughout American history. Their acclaimed societal, political, and cultural undertakings are highlighted and extolled through this series.
Additional facts about the Black Heritage series:

  • The Black Heritage stamp series is one of the most popular of the Postal Service's U.S. commemorative stamp series. As a result of customer request for the stamps, the Postal Service recently began producing a greater quantity.
  • It is not the policy of the Postal Service to destroy stamps while they are still available for sale. Generally, commemorative stamps are available for sale for a year after they are issued.
  • The Black Heritage series began in 1978 with a stamp honoring American abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Each fall, the honoree for the following year is announced.

Please click one of the individual’s name listed below to see the stamp’s information. Click on TOP to quickly go back to the top of the page.

Harriet TubmanDr. Martin Luther King JrBenjamin BannekerWhitney Moore Young JrJackie Robinson
Scott JoplinCarter G. WoodsonMary McLeod BethuneSojourner TruthJean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable
James Weldon JohnsonA. Phillip RandolphIda B. WellsJan E. MatzeligerW.E.B. DuBois
Percy Lavon JulianDr. Allison DavisBessie ColemanErnest E. JustBenjamin O. Davis Sr
Madam C. J. WalkerMalcolm XPatricia Roberts HarrisRoy WilkinsLangston Hughes
Thurgood MarshallPaul RobesonMarian AndersonHattie McDanielElla Fitzgerald
Charles Waddell Chesnutt

Harriet Tubman
Born a slave, abolitionist Harriet Tubman was the first African-American woman to be honored on a U.S. postage stamp. She was a conductor for the famed Underground Railroad, which helped many slaves escape to freedom before and during the Civil War.
The 13-cent stamp was issued February 1, 1978 and a 32-cent stamp was also issued on June 29, 1995.
13-cent stamp - 1st stamp in the Black Heritage Series.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was the most powerful and popular leader of the African-American protest movement of the 1950s and 1960s. He spearheaded mass action through marches, sit-ins, boycotts, and nonviolent demonstrations that profoundly and positively affected America's attitudes toward racial prejudice and discrimination.
In 1963, he became the first African American honored as TIME magazine