Postal Service to Salute Black History Month

Dedicating Lena Horne Black Heritage Forever Stamp

December 28, 2017 



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Lena Horne Forever stamp

What:

The U.S. Postal Service will honor legendary performer and civil rights activist Lena Horne on the 41st stamp in the Black Heritage stamp series. Please share the news using hashtags #LenaHorneForever and #BlackHeritageStamps.

When:

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, 10:30 a.m., Eastern Standard Time

Where:

Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY 10025

Background:

Lena Horne was a trailblazer in Hollywood for women of color and used her fame as an entertainer to become an important civil rights spokesperson.

The stamp art features a photograph of Lena Horne taken by Christian Steiner in the 1980s. Kristen Monthei colorized the original black-and-white photo, adding a background reminiscent of Horne’s Stormy Weather album, with a few clouds to add texture and subtly make the album reference. “Lena Horne” is written along the bottom of the stamp, with “Black Heritage,” the stamp series title, at the top. “USA” and “Forever” appear on the lower right-hand side above Horne’s name. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.

 

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