We had an opportunity to attend the Marvin Gaye stamp ceremony at the Greek Theatre, Tuesday, April 2 in Los Angeles. There were about 3000 attendees. It seemed that many were music lovers versus stamp collectors but needless to say the USPS was very busy and did a great job accommodating the crowd.Marvin Gaye
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.