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.