Calvin Mitchell wrote an excellent tribute to Marian Anderson. He states, “Marian Anderson—one of the greatest concert and classical singers of the twentieth century—was honored on a stamp issued by the United States Postal Service on January 27, 2005. She was the first female singer and the eighth woman to be honored in the Black Heritage Stamp Series issued annually by the U.S. Postal Service since 1978. During the first day ceremony for the stamp, Deputy Postmaster General John M. Nolan proclaimed the stamp “a powerful reminder of her unprecedented contribution to music and to her great sacrifice for justice.” To read more visit Marian Anderson
Source: Smithsonian National Postal Museum
1963 – More than 200,000 people march on Washington, D. C., in the largest civil-rights demonstration in U. S. history; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gives his “I Have a Dream” speech.
1963 – Four young Black girls are killed in the bombing of a Birmingham, AL church.
1964 – President Johnson signs Civil Rights Act of 1964, giving government more power to protect citizens against race religion, sex or national-origin discrimination.
1965 – Malcolm X, former minister in Nation of Islam and civil-rights activist, assassinated.
1965 – Thousands participate in three protest marches from Selma to Montgomery, AL for Black voting rights.
1965 – President Johnson signs Voting Rights Act of 1965.
1955 – Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in Montgomery, AL leading to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
1957 – Little Rock Nine integrate Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas.
1960 – Four Black student stage famous sit-in at a whites-only Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, NC.
1961 – Freedom rides begin from Washington, DC.
1962 – James Meredith becomes first Black student to enroll at the University of Mississippi. Violence prompts President Kennedy to send in 5,000 federal troops.
Week of January 20
1/20/1992 – President Bush declares M. L. King, Jr. birthday national holiday.
1/21/1824 – Osai Tutu Kwamina defeated British at Assamaka, Ashanti.
1/22/1793 – Benjamin Banneker helped plan Washington, DC.
1/23/1977 – First ABC-TV showing of “Roots”.
1/24/1991 – Aids recognized as major health threat to African Americans
1/25/1966 – Constance B. Motley appointed federal judge, first woman.
1/26/1961 – Carl T. Rowan, journalist, given White House job.
The late actor and dancer Gregory Hines and legendary singer Marvin Gaye both left indelible marks on the entertainment and music industry respectively and will be recognized with Forever Stamps. To pay homage to their legacies, the U.S. Postal Service announced that the two would be a part of it’s 2019 Forever stamp collection, the Philadelphia Tribune reported. The Gregory Hines will be released January 28, 2019 and Marvin Gaye later this year.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929. His religious upbringing in the King home shaped his destiny and thereby shaped the destiny of Black Americans, now and for evermore. He graduated from Morehouse College at the age of nineteen and entered Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. He graduated at the top of his class and was awarded a Doctoral Degree in 1955, Martin Luther King returned to the South to pastor the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. King founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta in January 10, 1957 to coordinate all civil rights activities. In 1963, Dr. King organized the March on Washington where he delivered one of his most famous speeches, “I Have a Dream”
On December 10, 1964 at the age of 35, he received the Nobel Peace Prize. Martin Luther King was assassinated while protesting the rights of 1,200 sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968.
This stamp was issued in 1979, Scott #1771
Happy New Year and Welcome to 2019! As we celebrate and look forward to the coming year here are some history making events that happened this week. We will post some more through out this year. Thanks for visiting.
1/6/1773 – Massachusetts slaves petition for freedom.
1/7/1923 – Roland Hayes acclaimed after Boston recital.
1/8/1811 – Slave revolt in New Orleans.
1/9/1866 – Fisk University founded, Nashville, TN
1/10/1866 – Georgia Equal Rights Association organized.
1/11/1770 – 462,000 slaves in the 13 colonies.
1/12/1952 – University of Tennessee admitted first Negro student.
Source: America’s Black Heritage Calendar
We had an opportunity to join the ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Alpha Upsilon Sigma Chapter for their Bagels and Bras event bringing awareness to breast cancer. We set up a display honoring Hattie McDaniel and gave a presentation. Here are a few pictures and the presentation.
Hattie McDaniel was born in Wichita, Kansas and she was the youngest of 13 children in a family of performers. She was an actress, singer-songwriter, and comedian for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first Academy Award won by an African-American Entertainer. All of the film’s black actors, including McDaniel, were barred from attending the film’s premier in 1939 which was aired at the Loew’s Grand Theatre in Atlanta, GA.
When the Los Angeles Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded in July 1939, actress Hattie McDaniel was one of its founding members.
Breast cancer claimed McDaniel’s life in 1952 at the age of 57. Sigma Gamma Rho created the Hattie McDaniel Cancer Awareness and Health Program in her honor and memory. The mission of the program is to provide education and support of early detection of breast, prostate, ovarian, colon and other cancers as well as research for prevention of cancers.
The USPS issued a stamp in her honor on January 25, 2006 (Scott# 3996) and she is part of the Black Heritage Series – which is the longest running Commemorative Series that the post office has.