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
to see Anniversary Edition
Workshops and Presenters
Awards and Recognitions
Interview with past ESPER President
Interview with ESPER Founder
Dr. Esper G. Hayes