Dr. Maya Angelou’s Forever Stamp Ceremony

Mayor David Norman Dinkins and Mrs. Rachel Robinson celebrates the unveiling of a Forever Stamp in honor of Dr. Maya Angelou

By Michelle Deal Winfield and photo credits

On August 24, 2015, the Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections, ESPER held a celebration in cooperation with the African Burial Ground National Monument and the United States Postal Service. The festivities were held at 290 Broadway in New York.

Jane Tillman, Mistress of Ceremonies provided a clue to the pronounication of Angelou. Ms. Tillman had previsiously interviewed Dr. Maya Angelou and the ‘u’ in Angelou was not pronounced.

A special thank you to Don Neal, Editor from ESPER Reflections. Mr. Neal executed an inspiring program, as the standing room only crowd enjoyed the speakers, music and gift bags  which contained memorabilia depicting the life of Dr. Maya Angelou.


Shirely Mc Kinney, Superintendent of Six New York Historical Sites

Jane Tillman Irving, WCBS-AM News Radio 88, Mistress of Ceremonies

Susan Taylor, Founder & CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement and Editor-in Chief Emeritus, Essence Magazine

Ms. Lorraine G. Castellano, District Manager, United States Postal Service. New York District

Steven Fullwood, Archivist, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Miss Maya Williams, Spoken word

Marsha Thompson, Soprano

Rev. C. Imani Parker, Actress

Dr. Juanita Howard, Actress, Singer, Educator

Mr. Don Neal, Host

Rev. Dr. Johnny Youngblood. Executive Pastor- Benediction

Mayor David Norman Dinkins and Mrs. Rachel Robinson, wife of the late Jackie Robinson, helped unveil the Forever Stamp.



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