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Celebrating Our 25th Anniversary


I'm inspired by Jesse Owens, ESPER has been

"Stampin thru History."


October 18-19, 2013

Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord

 Concord, North Carolina

The Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections (ESPER) was founded by Esper G. Hayes of Charlotte, North Carolina.  She started the club based on a promise she made to the great Olympian, Jesse Owens.  Esper met the famous track star at a stamp show in the '70s.  She stood in line for hours to get his autograph.  When she got to the table, he stood up and shook her hand.  She and Jesse were the only African Americans at the stamp show that day.  During their conversation, Jesse mentioned that maybe Esper could do something to help Black people take pride in themselves, and she agreed.  After his death in 1980, Esper turned her promise into a commitment to help Black people take pride in themselves.

ESPER Group Photo

Friday Night Hospitality Room

Saturday Bourse

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to see Anniversary Edition 

Workshops and Presenters

Awards and Recognitions

Saturday Evening 

Interview with past ESPER President

Mani Gilyard

Interview with ESPER Founder

Dr. Esper G. Hayes

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