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Feb. 8, 2012
Jordan and Johnson stamps unveiled at United States Postal Service Stamp Dedication at Halifax Community College
WELDON, N.C. –The 2012 Lyceum Series of Special Events at Halifax Community College (HCC) kicked off with the sixth annual United States Postal Service Stamp Dedication on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at The Centre.

This year, stamps in honor of Congresswoman Barbara Jordan and entrepreneur and publisher John H. Johnson were dedicated. Stamps honoring North Carolina artist Romare Bearden were given honorable mention.

Barbara Jordan, one of America’s most respected and influential politicians, has been recognized by the U.S. Postal Service as the 34th honoree in the popular Black Heritage stamp series. Jordan received many prestigious honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor, in 1994.

Born in Houston, Jordan was the first African-American woman elected to the Texas legislature. She also was the first African-American elected to the Texas State Senate since 1883 and the first African-American woman elected from the South to the U.S. Congress, where she served three terms, sponsoring and supporting numerous pieces of legislation extending federal protection of civil rights. Visit http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2011/pr11_104.htm for the full release.

John H. Johnson, the founder of Johnson Publishing Company, which publishes Ebony and Jet magazines, is the 35th honoree in the Black Heritage stamp series. The Postal Service has recognized the achievements of prominent African Americans through the Black Heritage series since 1978. Past honorees have included Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Madam C.J. Walker, Paul Robeson, Jackie Robinson, Marian Anderson, Langston Hughes and Barbara Jordan.

Johnson was the trailblazing publisher of Negro Digest, Ebony, Jet, and other magazines that showcased African American accomplishments at a time when such affirmation was rare in mainstream media. In 1946, the year after it was founded, Ebony landed its first national advertising account. Selling advertising space to white-owned corporations and persuading them to use black models in their ads were major breakthroughs. Visit http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2012/pr12_020.htm for the full release.

The artwork of Romare Bearden, one of America’s most prolific artists, is featured on a set of four Forever stamps dedicated by the U.S. Postal Service. The sheet of stamps honors a man who became one of the 20th Century’s most distinguished, important and inventive American artists. Bearden is celebrated for his groundbreaking approach to collage along with his work in watercolors, oils, and other media.

Among Bearden’s early paintings were figural works recalling his childhood roots in the South, done in gouache on brown paper. His paintings of the 1940s also were inspired by literary sources such as the Bible, Federico Garcia Lorca’s poetry, and Homer’s Iliad. Bearden turned to writing lyrics for songs, including the hit "Seabreeze.” Music, in particular jazz and the blues, was a strong influence on Bearden’s art. Bearden’s monumental cityscape, The Block, was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art. His art has also been praised for depicting African-American experience in its full dimensions and is in the permanent collections of major museums across the nation. Considered one of America’s greatest collagists, Bearden was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1987 by then President Reagan. Visit http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2011/pr11_110.htm for the full release.

For more information on the 2012 HCC Lyceum Series of Special Events, visit http://www.halifaxcc.edu/lyceum/. To receive notifications of HCC events and events held at The Centre, visit http://halifaxcc.edu/getevents.htm.
Jordan and Johnson stamps unveiled at United States Postal Service Stamp Dedication at Halifax Community College
Photo cutline: Pictured for the HCC-U.S. Postal Service Stamp Dedication are, from left, HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr., HCC Board of Trustees member Dr. Stanley Edwards, U.S. Postal Service Communications Coordinator Carl A. Walton, Roanoke Rapids Postmaster Jan "Buffi” Flagg and HCC Board of Trustees Chairman Frank V. Avent III.
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