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US Postal Service honors Shirley Chisholm

Shirley ChisholmThe first African American woman elected to Congress is commemorated in the Black Heritage Stamp Series. The Shirley Chisholm Black Heritage Forever Stamp went on sale Jan. 31 at Post Offices nationwide.

“Shirley Chisholm was a courageous and pioneering woman whose legacy lives on with the issuance of this special stamp,” said Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman. “We are proud to honor this great American who shattered barriers of race and gender. Shirley Chisholm fought for the rights of women and the poor as a true champion for justice and equality for all.” Joining Stroman to dedicate the stamp were several dignitaries including former U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young and many other federal, state and local officials.

Chisholm, who was the first African American to run for President of the United States, joins several of the nation’s leading African American educators, entertainers, civil rights activists, politicians, scholars, athletes and business pioneers featured in the Black Heritage stamp series. Launched in 1978 with the issuance of the Harriet Tubman stamp, the series includes stamps honoring Sojourner Truth, Paul Robeson, W.E.B. Du Bois, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Roy Wilkins, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Madam C.J. Walker, Ella Fitzgerald, Marian Anderson, Barbara Jordan, Langston Hughes, Mary McLeod Bethune, John Johnson, Althea Gibson and Malcolm X.

Purchase Shirley Chisholm stamps online at, at the Postal Store, on eBay at, and by calling 800.STAMP24 (800.782.6724).

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