PAUL ROBESON STAMP CAMPAIGN
Robeson Stamp Rejected for 1998
The Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee announced December 9, 1997 that the
request for a Paul Robeson postage stamp has been denied for 1998. We are
extremely disappointed by this decision. Nearly 90,000 letters and signatures
were submitted urging that a stamp be issued in 1998, the 100th anniversary of
However, this is only the beginning!
Let's Keep the Campaign Going!
The stamp campaign will be intensified, and we will aim to gather 250,000
signatures around centennial celebrations. A stamp would be a fitting tribute
to this great athlete, singer, actor, linguist, lawyer, and fighter for civil
rights, peace and justice. He would be joining other great African-American
leaders who have been honored with stamps, including Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr., and Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois.
- You can help:
- by adding your name to the signature campaign,
- or, even better, by asking others to sign too
- by getting your church, union, city, etc. to pass a resolution
- such as this Pittsburgh one
- The most crucial issue, however, is not the
stamp itself, but raising awareness about Paul Robeson's life, work, and
- Become involved in the centennial celebrations in your own community.
- Help us reclaim Paul Robeson's life!
If you don't have petitions call us and we will send out a petition for you to
duplicate or feel free to write your own. Petitions are available in several
formats: browsable as
html and downloadable as
Please take a petition to concerts, festivals meetings -- every where and
bring plenty of blank copies to hand out as well. Please send signed
petitions direct to the stamp committee in Washington D.C.
United States Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee
475 L'Enfant Plaza SW
Washington D.C. 20260-6750
(We are enclosing the kind of message that the Advisory
Committee needs to receive -- a copy of the letter
sent to them by the internationally loved and respected folk singer,
Let Us Know How You Did!
It's difficult to know exactly how many signatures and letters are being
mailed to Washington, so we're asking all those involved to let us know how
many names your group turned in.
- Paul Robeson Centennial Celebration
- E-mail to:
- (please also include your postal address)
- Web site: