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U.S. Postal Service Commemorates Black Heritage
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has commemorated Black Heritage since 1940, when it began
issuing stamps to honor distinguished African Americans and related significant events, the first
of such notables being educator Booker T. Washington.

The USPS and the ASALH, the founders of Black History Month, have collaborated since Dr.
Carter G. Woodson appeared on a U.S. postage stamp February 1, 1984. We share a strong
commitment and vision as we educate the world about African American life, history, and
culture. The USPS and ASALH have partnered on many past unveilings of the coveted Black
Heritage stamp, which is issued annually.

On a related matter, on December 15, 2011, President Barack Obama signed bill HR 6118 into
law, renaming a Washington, DC, U.S. Postal Service (USPS) facility in honor of the late civil
rights and women's rights icon Dorothy Height. The post office, attached to the National Postal
Museum and known previously as the National Capital Post Office, is the first federal building in
the Nation's Capital, to be named for an African American woman, according to USPS officials.

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See U.S. Postal Service Black Heritage Series Stamp information below:
USPS Honors late U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan (2011)
USPS Honors pioneering filmmaker Oscar Micheaux (2010)
USPS Honors educator, feminist, and activist Anna Julia Cooper (2009)
USPS Honors writer Charles W. Chestnut (2008)
USPS African American Stamp Subjects (1940-2009)

Also see the U.S. Postal Service Distinguished Sailors Series 2010 stamps that includes African
American Doris Miller
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For more information on the U.S. Postal Service Black Heritage Series Stamp information, visit

Related weblinks
Canada Post Black History 2011 Series Stamps

For more information on the Canada Post Black History Series Stamps, that includes
distinguished individuals with historic ties to the USA and/or the UK, visit:
Founders of Black History Month
President Obama signs bill into law on December 15, 2010, re-naming
a Washington, DC Postal Office for civil rights and woman's rights
icon Dorothy Height. The action marks first Federal building in the
Nation's Capital to be named for an African American Woman.