Black Heritage

1975 10¢ Paul Laurence Dunbar
June 27, 1872

Birth of Paul Laurence Dunbar

Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar was born on June 27, 1872, in Dayton, Ohio.  He was one of the most prolific African American writers his time, despite having his life cut short by illness.

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2004 23¢ Distinguished Americans: Wilma Rudolph
June 23, 1940

Birth of Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Glodean Rudolph was born on June 23, 1940, in Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee. Dubbed “The Fastest Woman in History,” she became the first female athlete to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games. 

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1988 22¢ Black Heritage: James Weldon Johnson
June 17, 1871

Birth of James W. Johnson

James Weldon Johnson was born on June 17, 1871, in Jacksonville, Florida.  A poet, songwriter, diplomat, and activist, he was the first African American executive secretary of the NAACP.

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2007 39¢ Black Heritage: Ella Fitzgerald
April 25, 1917

Birth of Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Jane Fitzgerald was born on April 25, 1917, in Newport News, Virginia. Her pure, ageless voice spanned three octaves, and she was known as the First Lady of Song, the Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella.

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1989 25¢ Black Heritage: A. Philip Randolph
April 15, 1889

Birth of A. Philip Randolph

Asa Philip Randolph was born on April 15, 1889, in Crescent City, Florida. Randolph was a respected and outspoken proponent of the rights of minority labor. He was greatly feared by his opponents, not because of his temperament, but because of his power to create change.

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2020 55¢ Voices of Harlem – Nella Larsen
April 13, 1891

Birth of Nella Larsen

Harlem Renaissance novelist Nellallitea “Nella” Walker Larsen was born on April 13, 1891, in Chicago, Illinois. Though her writing career was brief, Larsen produced some of the first groundbreaking works to focus on mixed race identity and the feeling of not belonging.

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2005 37¢ To Form a More Perfect Union: Selma March
March 21, 1965

Final Selma March Begins

On March 21, 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. led the third (and finally successful) march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to protest for voting rights.

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2014 91¢ Literary Arts: Ralph Ellison
March 1, 1913

Birth of Ralph Ellison

Ralph Waldo Ellison was born on March 1, 1913, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. A self-proclaimed Renaissance Man, Ellison was a talented musician and writer, most famous for his novel, Invisible Man.

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1998 32¢ Folk Musicians: Josh White
February 11, 1914

Birth of Josh White

Joshua Daniel White was born on February 11, 1914, in Greenville, South Carolina. A trailblazing musician, White broke barriers with many notable firsts…

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