Booker T. Washington Stamp

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This is a stamp produced in 1940. It is  part of the Famous Americans Series and features Booker T. Washington. Distributed by the Post Office Department, this stamp holds a special significance. It was the first stamp to feature a prominent African American public figure. The author, educator, and orator was an important leader in the African American community. His influence was at its peak between 1890 up until his death in 1915. Washington believed that education and entrepreneurship could solve the problems that faced the African American people in the United States. However, he was not willing to challenge Jim Crow laws and discrimination as directly or aggressively like his rival W.E.B Dubois. Although he had many who disagreed with his methods and philosophy. Washington received  praise for his efforts. This stamp show that his influence continued even after his death.

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