Bessie Coleman Had a Dream

 

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The Making of the Bessie Coleman Quarter

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Rosetta Tharpe is on a Postage Stamp

Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973) started her career in gospel music as a result of her upbringing in a very religious family. Tharpe’s mother was very active in their church, the Missionary in Church of God in Christ, and raised Sister Rosetta Tharpe in a strict religious environment. Despite her mother’s protective nature, Tharpe’s career as a singer and guitarist flourished and she eventually achieved national fame. Tharpe helped popularize gospel music by combining traditional gospel music with the sounds of jazz and swing. Her contributions to gospel music have made her one of the most influential gospel singers of the twentieth century.

The United States Postal Service issued this 32-cent stamp in 1998 to commemorate her contributions to music, and she was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

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Mahalia Jackson Postage Stamp

Mahalia Jackson was featured on a 32-cent US postage stamp issued on July 15, 1998, as part of the Legends of American Music  The stamp depicts her portrait in a purple and gold color scheme, with her name and the words “Gospel Singers” at the bottom. The stamp was designed by Howard Paine and illustrated by Gary Kelly. Jackson was one of four gospel singers honored in the series, along with Clara Ward, Roberta Martin, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe The stamps were issued in New Orleans, Louisiana, the city where Jackson was born and began her singing career.

You can obtain them on various sites that sell stamps like Ebay.

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The First African American Man to Appear on US Postage Stamps

There are many African Americans whose contributions have helped shape America and the world. Black leaders, inventors, educators, scientists, entrepreneurs, entertainers, athletes, and others who have been emblazoned on USPS stamps.

The first African American man to appear on a US stamp was Booker T. Washington. Booker T. Washington appeared on two U.S. postage stamps in 1940. The first one was a 10-cent stamp issued on April 7, 1940 as part of the Famous Americans Series123. The second one was a 3-cent stamp issued on December 12, 1940 as part of the American Educators Series . Both stamps featured a portrait of Washington and his name. Here are the images of the two stamps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The push to create a stamp depicting a black man in 1940 was initiated by a black newspaper asking the question why there was no representation. After the stamp was created many were critical because a 10 cent stamp would not get as much usage at the time.
The second stamp was an attempt to make it more affordable?

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Louis Armstrong Gold Coin Commemorative-Some Are Still Available

Louis Armstrong, the legendary jazz trumpeter and vocalist, has been commemorated on a 1 oz Gold Commemorative Arts Medal. This medal was released in 1982 as part of the Gold Commemorative Arts Medals series, which spanned from 1980 to 1984. Here are the highlights of this remarkable medal:

Obverse: It features a portrait of Louis Armstrong himself.
Reverse: Depicting a trumpet and musical notes.
Key Details:

Contains 1 oz of Gold.
Limited mintage of only 409,098.
The medal comes in protective packaging.
This commemorative piece celebrates Louis Armstrong’s immense contribution to American music and culture. If you’re interested in owning a piece of history, consider adding this 1 oz Gold Louis Armstrong Commemorative Arts Medal to your collection!

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Jackie Robinson Baseball and Civil Rights Icon

I wrote earlier about the silver commemorative. 

Here I wanted to share a bit more about Jackie Robinson.

Jackie Robinson was an awesome athlete who played four sports at the college level: baseball, football, basketball and track and field. He is best known for breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. He was also a six-time All-Star, a World Series champion and the first African American player to win the National League Most Valuable Player Award.

There are in fact two types of commemorative coins that honor Jackie Robinson: a gold five dollar coin and a silver dollar coin. They were issued by the U.S. mint in 1997 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Robinson’s breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. The gold coin features Robinson in his later years as a civil rights leader, while the silver coin depicts him stealing home plate, as he did in the 1955 World series. The coins are limited in mintage and have a high value among collectors.

Jackie Robinson Commemorative Gold Coin -Reverse

Where can you get one?

You can grab a gold one  on Ebay of course.

You can also obtain a silver one on Ebay

And you can  get a bronze one on the US Mint’s site

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A Keepsake Set of Bronze Medals with a few Civil Rights Leaders is Available at the US Mint

This is a selection of four bronze miniature replicas of Congressional Gold Medals honoring only a few of leaders and activist of the civil rights movement. There are, of course, many more but these are more well known.
These Medals are 1.5 inch bronze miniature replicas of Congressional Gold Medals.
Medals included honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Dorothy Height, and the Little Rock Nine.

Research their lives and teach our children.

As of this writing you can get the entire set at the USmint.gov site.

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Lest We Forget-Pivotal Civil Rights Movement Events Bronze Medals

There have been many civil rights events we should never ever forget. These three bronze Medals are miniature replicas of Congressional Gold Medals marking some of the explosive events of the civil rights movement.
The Medals are 1.5 inch bronze miniature replicas of Congressional Gold Medals.
The Medals included are Brown vs. Board of Education, Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights Marches, and the 16 th Street Baptist Church Bombing.

It is hoped that these Medals can spark a discussion with our children, friends and family so we never forget.

As of the writing of this post they are still available on the USMINT.gov site.

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