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Feb. 4, 2015
Anderson, Chamberlain, Hendrix and Lewis stamps unveiled at Stamp Dedication at HCC
WELDON, N.C. – The 2015 Lyceum Series of Special Events at Halifax Community College (HCC) kicked off with the ninth annual U.S. Postal Service®Stamp Dedication on Feb. 3 at The Centre.

This year, stamps in honor of C. Alfred "Chief" Anderson, Wilt Chamberlain, Jimi Hendrix and Edna Lewis were dedicated.

Referred to as the Father of Black Aviation, chief flight instructor of the prestigious Tuskegee Airmen C. Alfred "Chief" Anderson was immortalized on a stamp March 13, 2014. The dedication ceremony took place in his hometown just northwest of Philadelphia. Anderson has also been referred to as the Charles Lindbergh of Black Aviation for his record-breaking flights that inspired other African Americans to become pilots.

The U.S. Postal Service®celebrates the life of basketball superstar Wilt Chamberlain (1936-99). On the court, he was a force of nature. The 7-foot-1-inch center dominated the NBA for more than a decade, setting a plethora of individual records. As a pro, he led his teams to two NBA championships, and in 1962, he scored an NBA record 100 points in a single game.

Combining influences from rock, modern jazz, soul and the blues with his own innovations, Jimi Hendrix created a unique style that influences musical artists of his era and continues to inspire musicians into the 21st century. Hendrix (1942-70) was one of the most important musicians of the 20th century. The stamp celebrating his legacy is being released as part of the Music Icons series.

Known as "the Grande Dame of Southern Cooking," Edna Lewis (1916-2006) found wisdom in the customs and patterns of her rural Virginia childhood. By bringing such quintessential dishes as shrimp and grits or roast chicken to the plates of fine restaurants, Lewis convinced her fellow Americans to take a second look at Southern cooking while also serving as one of the first voices to reemphasize the importance of fresh, seasonal ingredients.

During the ceremony, Northwest Halifax High JROTC posted the colors; Micah Arrington, HCC student, led the pledge of allegiance; Jimall Rice, Roanoke Valley Early College student, performed the national anthem; Tamica Webb, HCC student, sang musical selections; HCC Board of Trustees Chair Bernella DeMaMora delivered greetings; Roanoke Rapids Postmaster Gaelan Harvey made acknowledgements; HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. made remarks; Griffin, Harvey, Communications Coordinator (Greensboro District) Carlotta Banks and Manager of Learning, Development & Diversity (Richmond District) Carl Walton unveiled the stamps; Communications Instructor Sharon Askew and students from her public speaking class presented "The Tuskegee Airmen" and Charles A. Anderson Jr., son of "Chief" Anderson, also made remarks. Lunch was provided by A Catered Affair.

Anderson talked about the Tuskegee Airmen and their contributions in World War II. "It was an experiment set up by the United States military to show that African Americans actually could not fly at that time," he explained. The instructors, led by "Chief" Anderson, set up the training to be extremely stringent.

"They just kept training," said Anderson, and added that efforts were made to end the program. Finally, the war got so intense that the Tuskegee Airmen were given the opportunity to enter the war as bomber escorts. "The casualty rate of the bombers dropped precipitously…These guys went on to have a wonderful series of achievements in the war."

More details on these stamps can be found at https://www.usps.com/.

For more information on the 2015 HCC Lyceum Series of Special Events, visit www.halifaxcc.edu/Calendar/ . This event was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education PBI Formula Grant.
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Pictured are, from left, Roanoke Rapids Postmaster Gaelan Harvey, HCC Board of Trustees Chair Bernella DeLaMora, HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr., Carrie Brown with Roanoke Rapids Post Office, Manager of Learning, Development & Diversity (Richmond District) Carl Walton and Charles A. Anderson Jr., son of C. Alfred “Chief” Anderson.
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