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Ifill honored during February events

Participants gather Feb. 9 during a special dedication ceremony for the Gwen Ifill stamp at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles. From left are the Rev. J. Edgar Boyd; former Los Angeles District Manager Ken Snavely; Pat Harvey, a KCBS-TV news anchor; and Jackie Dupont Walker, a local housing commissioner.

The Postal Service helped mark African American History Month in February through a series of special dedication ceremonies for the Gwen Ifill stamp.

The stamp, released last month, is the 43rd entry in the Black Heritage series and honors the pioneering journalist who was known for her in-depth reporting, personal warmth and authoritative presence.

“Gwen Ifill’s desire to understand the world and her willingness to bring us along on that journey … is what made her a journalist’s journalist,” Sean Andrews, the Los Angeles Network Distribution Center plant manager, said at a ceremony at Los Angeles City Hall.

At an event in Weldon, NC, Brandy Grant, the Greensboro District marketing manager, discussed Ifill’s career, which included serving as part of the first two-woman anchor team on a national nightly broadcast news program and the first African American woman to moderate a vice presidential debate.

“[She] was a remarkable trailblazer who broke through gender and racial barriers,” Grant said.

Ifill joins other prominent African Americans who have been featured on Black Heritage stamps, including Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Barbara Jordan.

“The Postal Service remains committed to educating and informing America and the world about the many achievements and contributions of noted African Americans,” Postmaster JoLea Quintana said during a ceremony at the Colorado Springs, CO, Main Post Office.

“Our stamp program will continue to highlight the individuals and accomplishments that have transformed our nation. Our celebrated Black Heritage stamp series is one way we do that.”

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