African-American History Month

African-American History Month, observed each February, is a time to celebrate the heritage of African-Americans and their contributions to the nation.

To mark this year’s commemoration, USPS will dedicate a stamp Feb. 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.

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.

More information is available on the Multicultural Resources site.