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U.S. Postal Service Unveils Barbara Jordan Stamp in King Chapel


(Feb. 16, 2011) -- The United States Postal Service unveiled the latest stamp in its Black Heritage Series, this one honoring the late U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan, during a ceremony in the lobby of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.

“It is fitting that we stand in this building to pay tribute to Barbara Jordan, an ardent justice fighter, for her monumental contributions to the improvement of the human condition,” said President Robert M. Franklin ’75.

Approximately 150 people – many of them crimson-clad sisters of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., of which Jordan was a member – celebrated the fiery Houston native’s life.

Jordan was the first African American to serve in the Texas state Senate since Reconstruction, the first African American woman from a Southern state to serve in the U.S. Congress and in 1976 was the first African American woman to deliver a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.

“Her record of success ensures equal rights and social justice for countless numbers of people,” said Kate Wiley, Atlanta district manager for the U.S. Postal Service. “Her legacy will carry on for generations to come.”

The stamp is the 34th in the U.S. Postal Service’s Black Heritage Series (the fourth unveiled at Morehouse) honoring African Americans such as Harriet Tubman, Oscar Micheaux and Martin Luther King Jr. ’48.

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