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.
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.”
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.
Mr. Severe accumulated a collection of over 50,000 first day covers. He has donated to several cultural organizations over the years. We are thankful for being selected for a gift. We donated uncancelled post cards and pencils to a group organizing a Black History Month event.
The American Philatelic Society (APS – www.stamps.org ) nominated us for a Chatty Award to recognize our presentation on African Americans on Stamps on an APS Stamp Chat during 2020. #RecognitionAppreciated#RepresentationMatters #InternationallyKnown