USPS to honor Robert Robinson Taylor on the 38th Black Heritage stamp

USPS to honor Robert Robinson Taylor on the 38th Black Heritage stampFebruary is Black History Month — a time to celebrate the heritage of African-Americans and their contributions to the nation.

African-Americans comprise almost 22 percent of the Postal Service’s workforce.

The observance began in 1926 when Carter G. Woodson, founder of the organization now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), promoted Negro History Week, which was held each February.

In 1976, Negro History Week was extended to a one-month observance. Today, it’s designated as Black History Month or African-American History Month.

This year’s theme, “Founders of Black History Month,” celebrates ASALH’s 100th anniversary.

The Postal Service has honored the contributions of African-Americans since 1940, when Booker T. Washington was featured on a stamp.

In 2014, USPS celebrated six distinguished African-Americans on stamps: Shirley Chisholm, Ralph Ellison, Jimi Hendrix, C. Alfred “Chief” Anderson, Edna Lewis and Wilt Chamberlain.

Robert Robinson Taylor will be honored on the 38th Black Heritage stamp, which will be issued in February.

source: USPS News Link

Robert Robinson Taylor (June 8, 1868 – December 13, 1942) was an American architect; by some accounts the first accredited African-American architect. He was also the first African-American student enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1888. Additionally, he designed many of the buildings on the campus of Tuskegee University prior to 1932, and he served as second-in-command to its founder and first President, Booker T. Washington..source: wikipedia

Robert Robinson Taylor is the grandfather of Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to  President  Barack Obama