Events and ESPER News

Reflections Wins Grand Award at NTSS

Don Neal
Don Neal

Editor and Chief Reflections

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Reflections July 2014
Reflections July 2014

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Reflections April 2015
Reflections April 2015

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Don Neal
Don Neal

Editor and Chief Reflections

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The 66th Annual American Topical Association National Topical Stamp Show was held July 31 through August 2, 2015, in Portland, Oregon. At the NTSS 2015 Stamp Exhibition Study Unit Literature Competition, ESPER’s quarterly newsletter, Reflections, won the Grand Award for Study Units with more than 200 members. Editor Don Neal is excited by this recognition and accomplishment. The issues that won the award are July 2014, October 2014, January 2015, and April 2015.  Congratulations, Don!

 

 

 

 

Freedom Just Around the Corner
On February 12, 2015, The Smithsonian National Postal Museum held an evening gala to celebrate the opening of its year-long exhibition, “Freedom Just Around the Corner: Black America from Civil War to Civil Rights.” The exhibit’s opening coincided with the first-day-of-issue ceremony for the Robert Robinson Taylor Black Heritage stamp also held in the museum earlier in the day. The National Postal Museum’s (NPM) first exhibition devoted entirely to African-American history marks 150 years since the end of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery throughout the United States. The exhibition chronicles the African-American experience through the perspective of stamps and mail.

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Display case with logos from different stamp organization.

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Picture of opening ceremony for Freedom Just Around the Corner

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Pictures from Exhibit
 
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Our Website Banner Designer

ESPER's website banner was designed by cachet maker Kendal Bevil. He took time from his busy schedule to do so.  We want to acknowledge Kendal for his talent, generosity, and contribution to our homepage and our society. 

ESPER Member Receives

 Secretary's Research Prize

ESPER member Calvin Mitchell (left), Assistant Curator of Philately, and Daniel Piazza (right), Chief Curator of Philately at the Smithsonian's National Postal Musuem share the 2016 Secretary's Research Prizes for their exhibit and catalog, "Freedom Just Around the Corner: Black America from Civil War to Civil Rights."     Congratulations, Calvin and Dan!

Rosina Major interview 
with Lloyd A. de Vries
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ESPER Day at the National Postal Museum and
the African American Civil War Museum
Members doing Show N Tell
Members doing Show N Tell

Members are in front Annie Strives, Alan Cecilio and Walter Faison.

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Dinner with ESPER Members
Dinner with ESPER Members

ESPER, members having dinner at Metro Train Station. Seated at top table is Joan Williams. On her left is Della Moses Walker, Julia Leak, Charlene Blair, Don Conway, Ricky Johnson, Rosina Major, Clarence McKnight, Sandra Cook-McKnight, Foster Miller, and Calvin Mitchellat at the other end of table. On Joan right are Oneal Tyler, unknown lady, another unknown lady, Mani Gilyard, Vernetta Nelson, Walter Faison, Warachal Faison and Alan Cecillo.

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Members doing Show N Tell
Members doing Show N Tell

Members are in front Annie Strives, Alan Cecilio and Walter Faison.

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ClicOctober 3, 2015

ESPER at WSS-NY2016

Dorothy Height poster was created special for this exhibit.

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PowerPoint  Slide
PowerPoint Slide

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Dorothy Height poster was created special for this exhibit.

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St. Marks UMC  in Montclair, N. J.

Black  History Month 2017

Black History Month  Stamp Presentation

 at Elementary school in  Maryland

2017

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Black History Stamps Powerpoint
Black History Stamps Powerpoint

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(Click on photo for special page)

Exhibit and  PowerPoint presentation

by Clarence McKnight, Webmaster

Classroom presentation

by Clarence McKnight, Webmaster

By Natalie Shinault and Earnest Shinault Sr. 

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C. Aiden and young daughter making a cachet.

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ESPER, members and guest after the meeting.

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Presentation by 

Tony Thaxton, Jr. 

Atlanta Chapter Director

First Day of Sale event in Jersey City, N.J.

Event coordinated by New Jersey Chapter Director Della Moses Walker 

Dr. Warachal Faison, ESPER's

 Social Media Administrator

interview with Lloyd A. de Vries 

African-American Stamp Ceremonies Videos
Stamp Ceremonies Photos

Dorothy Height Special "Forever"

Stamp Unveiling in New York

Dorothy Height Special "Forever"

Stamp Unveiling in New York

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Alakande! Spread Joy
Alakande! Spread Joy

Women's percussive and vocal ensemble led by Joan Ashley (second from the right)

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Event was held at African Burial Ground National Monument on June 20, 2017

Kwanzaa Ceremony in Charleston, S.C

Dorothy Height Ceremony Photo Page

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Stamp artist Synthia St. James
Stamp artist Synthia St. James

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2016 Kwanzaa Stamp
2016 Kwanzaa Stamp

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The first-day-of-issue ceremony for the new Kwanzaa Forever stamp was held on Sat., Oct. 1, 2016 in Charleston, SC’s  at the MOJA Art Festival. 

Jaime Escalante Ceremony

Jaime Escalante ceremony was held July 13, 2016 during the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) 87th annual convention and exposition in Washington, DC

Robert Robinson Taylor DC Ceremony

Maya Angelou Ceremony in NYC

Richard Allen Ceremony in

Philadelphia, Pa

Maya Angelou DC Ceremony

A'Lelia Bundles
A'Lelia Bundles

Mistress of Ceremony

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Valerie Jarrett
Valerie Jarrett

Great granddaugter and White House Senior Advisor to President Obama.

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Clarence McKnight and A'Lelia Bundle
Clarence McKnight and A'Lelia Bundle

Signing after Robert Robinson Taylor ceremony..

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A'Lelia Bundles
A'Lelia Bundles

Mistress of Ceremony

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African Burial Ground National Monument in Lower Manhattan

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Ceremony podium/stage

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"Skulls" artwork in ABGNM visitor's center foyer

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African Burial Ground National Monument in Lower Manhattan

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Robert Robinson Taylor, believed to have been both the first African-American graduate of the Massa-chusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the nation’s first academically trained Black architect, was inducted into the Postal Service’s Black Heritage Stamp series on February 12, 2015, as the 38th honoree. 
The Maya Angelou first day ceremony was held on April 7, 2015, at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC.  MSNBC  talk show host Melisssa Harris-Perry served as the master of ceremonies.  
Performing Tribute
Performing Tribute

Dancers from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

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Master of Ceremony
Master of Ceremony

Melissa Harris-Perry

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L to R: Eleanor Traylor, Nikke Giovanni, First Lady Michelle Obama, Postmaster General Megan J Brennan,Oprah Winfrey and Ross Rossin

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Performing Tribute
Performing Tribute

Dancers from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

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Richard Allen Ceremony in

East Orange, NJ

Casim Gomez, East Orange City Councilman; Osner Charles, Acting Director East Orange Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs; Lester Taylor lll, Mayor of East Orange; Tracey Hollingsworth, Project Leader, USPS Northern NJ District; Betty Banks, Postmaster of East Orange, Steven Hernandez, District Manger USPS Northern NJ District; Clarence McKnight; Rev. Dr. Kenneth Mitchem, Paster of St. Mark A.M.E. Church, East Orange.

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ESPER members Clarence McKnight, Jane Mays, Della Moses Walker and Richard Hazard

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Allen EO3
Allen EO3

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Casim Gomez, East Orange City Councilman; Osner Charles, Acting Director East Orange Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs; Lester Taylor lll, Mayor of East Orange; Tracey Hollingsworth, Project Leader, USPS Northern NJ District; Betty Banks, Postmaster of East Orange, Steven Hernandez, District Manger USPS Northern NJ District; Clarence McKnight; Rev. Dr. Kenneth Mitchem, Paster of St. Mark A.M.E. Church, East Orange.

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Sarah Vaughan Ceremony in Newark, NJ

National Museum of African American History  and Culture First Day Ceremony Photos

 

 

 

Ronald Stroman, Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Government Relations Officer, USPS

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Dianne Reeves, Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Vocalist

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Warachal Faison, Clarence McKnight, Bill Carreker, Elizabeth Rankin-Fulcher, Foster Milller, Don Conway, Don Neal, Annie Strivers, Bob Fields, Rosina Major, Farnese Hicks, and Della Moses Walker

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Ronald Stroman, Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Government Relations Officer, USPS

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Gerald A. Roane, postmaster Washington,D.C., Ronald A. Stroman, Deputy Postmaster and Chief,Lonnie Bunch, Founder and Director of Museum and David Rubenstein, Smithsonian Board of Regents Chair.

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Snowy Days Ceremony Photos

 

 

 

Dana Tyler, WCBS-TV news anchor.

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Author Andrea Davis Pinkney

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Dana Tyler, WCBS-TV news anchor.

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