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Gregory the great

Tap-dancing icon to appear on stamp

Gregory Hines Black Heritage stamp
Gregory Hines, the 42nd Black Heritage stamp, will be issued Monday, Jan. 28.

Gregory Hines is dancing his way onto America’s mail.

The Postal Service will release a stamp next week honoring Hines (1946-2003), the beloved tap dancer who also made a name for himself as an actor and singer.

He will appear on the 42nd Black Heritage stamp, which USPS will dedicate Monday, Jan. 28, during a ceremony in New York City.

Hines’ unique style of tap dancing exposed new audiences to tap and renewed interest in the art form during the 1990s.

He was a versatile performer who appeared on Broadway and television and in movies. He won a Tony Award in 1992 for his starring role in “Jelly’s Last Jam,” hosted an Emmy-winning PBS series about tap dancing and recorded a No. 1 R&B duet with Luther Vandross.

Derry Noyes, a USPS art director, designed the stamp, which features a photograph taken by Jack Mitchell in 1988. It shows a smiling Hines on one knee in a red blazer and gray pants, with one foot raised to show the taps on the bottom of his shoe.

The stamp will be available at Post Offices and

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