We are excited about our partnership withCultural 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 theEdwardsville 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)
Would you like to support our efforts in exposing more people to the hobby of stamp collecting and the nearly 300+ African Americans on U. S. Stamps? We invite you to consider purchasing our T-shirt which includes an official tag that you can use for a bookmark.
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
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)
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.
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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.”