Gregory the great

Gregory Hines Black Heritage stamp

Gregory Hines is dancing his way onto America’s mail.

The Postal Service will release a stamp next week honoring Hines (1946-2003), the beloved tap dancer who also made a name for himself as an actor and singer.

He will appear on the 42nd Black Heritage stamp, which USPS will dedicate Monday, Jan. 28, during a ceremony in New York City.

Hines’ unique style of tap dancing exposed new audiences to tap and renewed interest in the art form during the 1990s.

He was a versatile performer who appeared on Broadway and television and in movies. He won a Tony Award in 1992 for his starring role in “Jelly’s Last Jam,” hosted an Emmy-winning PBS series about tap dancing and recorded a No. 1 R&B duet with Luther Vandross.

Derry Noyes, a USPS art director, designed the stamp, which features a photograph taken by Jack Mitchell in 1988. It shows a smiling Hines on one knee in a red blazer and gray pants, with one foot raised to show the taps on the bottom of his shoe.

The stamp will be available at Post Offices and