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African-American History Month

Annual observance held in February

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The Postal Service’s Black Heritage stamp series has honored 41 notable African-Americans since 1978, including, from left, aviator Bessie Coleman (1995), jurist Thurgood Marshall (2003), performer and activist Lena Horne (2018), historian Carter G. Woodson (1984) and activist Martin Luther King Jr. (1979).

USPS will celebrate African-American History Month, which begins Feb. 1.

“The Postal Service is proud to commemorate African-American History Month,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. “Throughout history, African-Americans have played an integral role in our organization’s success, and we look forward to honoring their ongoing contributions.”

In the early 20th century, many African-Americans found steady, valuable jobs in urban Post Offices. The Post Office Department became a rare avenue of opportunity for African-Americans, offering positions that helped lead to the emergence of a black middle class. Today, approximately 175,900 postal employees — or 26.6 percent of the organization’s workforce — are African-American.

USPS will commemorate the month through activities at its facilities, as well as events to celebrate the new Lena Horne stamp, the 41st entry in the Black Heritage series.

African-American History Month traces its origins to February 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson organized a weeklong celebration recognizing African-Americans’ contributions to the nation’s history and culture. President Ford expanded the observation to a full month in 1976.

The Postal History section on has additional information, including lists of notable African-American postal employees.

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