Special Events – Exhibits – Pop-Ups

We are excited about our partnership with Cultural Charisma. We have set up pop-up exhibits inside their shop at 517 E. Vandalia, Edwardsville, IL and have sparked engaging conversations about stamp collecting. We have been set up every Saturday since March and will be participating through August 2022 and possibly longer from 10:00-2:00. We appreciate our dedicated space on the backside of Shon A’s salon.

We are honored to host the Black History 101 Mobile Museum at the Edwardsville Public Library , Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 10:00-2:00pm. Dr. Khalid will make a presentation at 11:00. (112 South Kansas St., Edwardsville, IL)

https://www.edwardsvillelibrary.org/ – https://www.culturalcharisma.com – https://www.blackhistorymobilemuseum.com

The 44th Stamp in the Black Heritage Series:

August Wilson – Click link for more info https://www.esperstamps.org/august-wilson-page

The Forever stamp will be part of the USPS’s Black Heritage series, honoring people whose work contributed to arts and culture in the Black community. Wilson’s stamp will be the 44th in the series. The stamp will be dedicated on January 28, 2021, during a ceremony that will be streamed on Facebook and Twitter.

Wilson was was born Frederick August Kittel, Jr. in 1945 in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the fourth of six children. During his lifetime, he experienced and observed racial injustice, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Black Power movement. He also witnessed the destruction of the Lower Hill and the uprooting of more than 10,000 people to build the Civic Arena, now demolished.

As an artist, Wilson’s work chronicled the experience of living as an African American. Among the many awards won by Wilson were two Pulitzer Prizes, for Fences and The Piano Lesson.  All but one of the 10 plays in his American Century Cycle are set in Pittsburgh.  He died in 2005.

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Upward Bound Students | STEM

We had an opportunity to share stamp collecting with a group of Upward Bound students. They were engaged, asked great questions and expressed appreciation for exposure. The focus was STEM but we included Arts so full STEAM ahead. Took picture with winners of prize for completing word puzzle first. Fun fact: They have never had to lick a stamp 🙂

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Monopoly | Black History Ties| Stamps

There are black history ties in the Monopoly game. There is also a stamp commemorating it. Reflections magazine by the ESPER – Honoring the African Diaspora and African Americans on Stamps highlights it.Read the entire compelling article at www.the atlantic.com/ideas/ archive/2021/02/racism-your-monopoly-board/618098/ U.S. #3185o 32¢ The Game of Monopoly Celebrate the Century – 1930s Issue Date: September 10, 1998 City: Cleveland, OH P 10 Reflections APRIL, 2021 ( visit www.esperstamps.org to join ESPER)

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Jackie Robinson | 42 | Montreal | Dodgers

A True Hero

Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color barrier in 1947, had a 10-year all-star career, became the first African-American inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and had his number 42 retired by Major League Baseball in 1997. More important than his accomplishments in baseball are his contributions to racial equality in the United States, of which his many baseball “firsts” are just one part. After his retirement from baseball in 1956, he became very active in the civil rights movement, working with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and on several political campaigns to help break barriers for all people, not just athletes.

Source: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/exhibition/the-black-experience-sports-baseball/jackie-robinson

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Opening 2021 | Presentations | Stamp Chats | Advocacy

Like so many others we started off with online presentations to stay in touch with our philately phriends and expanded our reach to support other cultural organizations.

February 22-23 – We participated as an advocate at the Museum Advocacy Days events and had the opportunity to join congressional members to voice our support for funding.

February 23 – We gave a presentation on African American Women on U.S. Stamps for the American Topical Association

February 25 – We joined a Wells Fargo Employee Resource Group and gave an overview about NMAAS and the history of African Americans on U.S. Stamps.

February 26 – We gave a presentation on African American Women on U.S. Stamps for FNL w/Kat Carter

March 9 – We gave a presentation on African American Women on U.S. Stamps for the American Philatelic Society. Catch the replay in the Stamp Chat section

Congressman John Robert Lewis

Visit https://www.esperstamps.org/john-lewis for more information

John Robert Lewis was known as the “conscience of the U.S. Congress.”  John was the son of sharecroppers, born in Troy, Alabama, in 1940.  As a young boy, he knew that he was going to get in “good trouble.”  It was a large part of his character.  He knew that he had to make a difference for equal rights. He received a BA degree from American Baptist Theological Seminary and a BA from Fisk University.  He held over 50 honorary degrees. He was one of the youngest speakers at the March on Washington over 50 years ago and was also one of the lieutenants of Dr. Martin L. King,  Jr.  John Lewis led the voting rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.  We refer to this march as “Bloody Sunday.”   

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