‘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.
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.