There have been lots of outstanding Black women since 1978 but only some of them appeared on the stamps.
‘Most of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear on No Stamp’ says the title of a Public Enemy’s old album. Luckily for quite a few Black female heroes it’s not true. Since 1978 US Post Office has produced several stamps featuring well-known Black women. Here are some of them.
The first one to appear on a stamp was Harriet Tubman (1978) and she undoubtedly deserves that. She also was the first Black woman to appear on a postage stamp for the second time (1995).
Then goes Mary McLeod Bethune (1985), a slave born educator and Civil Rights leader who started a school for Black girls in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Sojourner Truth was honored in 1986. She was an abolitionist, a women’s rights activist, and the first Black woman to win a case against a white slave owner.
Then there were Ida B Wells (1990), who became known as a journalist documenting the lynchings that were taking place across America; Ethel Waters (1994), a jazz, gospel and pop music player; Bessie Coleman (1995), a famous aviator, Madam C.J. Walker (1998), Zora Neale Hurston (2003), the Harlem Renaissance author and anthropologist; and Shirley Chisholm (2014). Chisholm was the first Black woman to be elected to Congress and run for the United States presidency.