The U.S. Postal Service will dedicate a stamp February 2 honoring African-American religious leader Richard Allen. It will be the 39th stamp in the Black Heritage series, which also has honored leaders such as Robert Robinson Taylor, Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King Jr.
Month, observed each February, is a time to celebrate the heritage of
African-Americans and their contributions to the nation.
The national observance
of African-American History Month began in 1926 when Carter G. Woodson, founder
of the organization now known as the Association for the Study of African
American Life and History, promoted Negro History Week. In 1976, the week
was extended to a one-month commemoration. Today, it’s designated as
African-American History Month or Black History Month.