Sojourner Truth - an abolitionist and women's rights activist. Born into slavery but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826 and became a voice against slavery and an advocate for women's rights. 22-cent stamp issued February 1986 in her honor as part of the "Black Heritage" Series.
We are delighted to announce that the long-running Literary Arts series will continue in 2014 with a stamp honoring Ralph Ellison. Ellison is best known for his 1952 novel "Invisible Man" (have you read it?). The stamp will be issued later this year, though an exact release date has not yet been set.
May 19, 1965 Patricia Roberts Harris became the first African American woman to serve as a United States Ambassador when she was appointed Ambassador to Luxembourg by President Lyndon B. Johnson. http://thewright.org/explore/blog/entry/today-in-black-history-5192014
John H. Johnson, the trailblazing publisher of Ebony, Jet, and other magazines, overcame poverty and racism to build a business empire embracing magazines, radio stations, cosmetics, and more. His magazines portrayed black people positively at a time when such representation was rare, and played an important role in the civil rights movement.
Oscar Micheaux . Authored seven novels and forty-four screen plays. First Black Independent Filmmaker in America. Produced and directed over forty-four motion pictures. 1919, first full-length, "The Homesteader"