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 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 to join ESPER)

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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

Tribute to the Obama Family

Video of magazines that our 44th President, Barack Obama and his family were featured. All items are part of the Blair Collection and have not been marked on. #Essence, #Ebony, #Jet, #Crisis, #Black Pages, #African American Expressions, #Collectible Campaign Edition Paper Dolls We do not own the right to the music #SoWhat #Sony

Black History Trivia Quiz

Are you a history guru or a neophyte? Take the quiz to find out.

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Malcolm X was born May 19, 1925 and assassinated in 1965. His stamp was issued in 1999 (Scott #3273)

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Hiram Revels Becomes the First African American Elected to US Senate

Senator Hiram Revels may appear on a stamp some day. Here a brief summary of his life and a link to the full article. 

Revels was elected by a vote of 81 to 15 in the Mississippi State Senate to finish the term of one of the state’s two seats in the US Senate left vacant since the Civil War. The seat had once been held by Albert G. Brown, who withdrew from the US Senate in 1861.

The election of Revels was met with opposition from Southern conservative Democrats who cited the Dred Scott Decision which was considered by many to have been a central cause of the American Civil War. They argued that no black man was a citizen before the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868. Because election to the Senate required nine years’ prior citizenship, opponents of Revels claimed he could not be seated, having been a citizen by law for only two years. Supporters of Revels countered by stating that the Dred Scott decision applied only to those blacks who were of pure African blood. Revels was of mixed black and white ancestry, and therefore exempt, they said, and had been a citizen all his life. This argument prevailed, and on February 25, 1870, Revels, by a vote of 48 to 8, became the first black man to be seated in the United States Senate.


Marvin Gaye Stamp Unveiling Ceremony

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.

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