Charlotte, North Carolina. May 2, 2015. Two philatelic (stamp) organizations, the NC Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections (ESPER) and the Friendship Seniors in the Spotlight Stamp Club are partnering with Friendship Missionary Baptist Church’s Women’s New Perspective Ministry and the African American Heritage Ministry to sponsor a stamp dedication ceremony of the recently released Maya Angelou Forever stamp. The event will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 1pm at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church-3301 Beatties Ford Road.
Charlotte’s new postmaster, Le Gretta Ross-Rawlins will speak and perform the unveiling ceremony. Local writer and director, Alicia Michele Benjamin will recite Angelou’s poems. Bridgida Mack, WBTV news reporter, will be the emcee for the program. The public is invited to attend this free event.
The United States Postal Service issued the stamp on April 7, 2015 and held its first-day-of issue ceremony on that date in Washington, DC with First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey as special guests.
Maya Angelou is an internationally acclaimed author, poet, film producer and director, civil rights activist, and professor. She is best known for her autobiography I Know Why a Caged Bird Sings and poem, On the Pulse of Morning presented at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration.
Maya Angelou lived her latter years in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and taught at Wake Forest University until her death on May 28, 2014 at the age of eighty-six (86).
Please join us on this special and exciting occasion.