A Paul Robeson Stamp?

When the centennial of Paul Robeson's birth is celebrated on April 9, 1998, his image could appear on a US postage stamp. At least that's the hope of a group of artists and educators lobbying the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee. The campaign was inspired by a letter from folksinger Pete Seeger."Performing artists, so publicized when alive, are often unknown by future generations," Seeger wrote. "But Paul Robeson is remembered by millions throughout the world, for reminding artists (and all of us) that we have a duty as citizens to stand up for peace, for the future of our planet, even at great personal cost." A scholar, singer, actor, and athlete, Robeson was the first African-American to graduate from Columbia Law School. but during the McCarthy Era, he was driven into exile and silenced for his stand against racism and peace.Since Seeger wrote, a committee has formed to push for a commemorative stamp through a letter campaign. Beyond that, a 100th Birthday Committee plans to reintroduce Robeson "into mainstream of 20th Century American history." To support a Robeson stamp, write to Dr. Virginia Noelke, Chair, Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Rm. 4474, Washington, DC 20206-2437. For more on the Birthday Committee's efforts, contact Dr. Margaret Burroughs, DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 East 56th place, Chicago, IL 60637.

#story_page_ below_article

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.