Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sunday Stamps #61

In which our theme today is famous women, women's rights, International Women's Day, etc.  My stamp for today comes from the US Postal Service website, and is of Anna Julia Cooper.
According to the USPS website, "With the 32nd stamp in its Black Heritage series, the U.S. Postal Service® honors Anna Julia Cooper, an educator, scholar, feminist, and activist who gave voice to the African–American community during the 19th and 20th centuries, from the end of slavery to the beginning of the Civil Rights movement." 

According to Wikipedia she was born a slave in 1858 in Raleigh North Carolina.  She became a teacher, a speaker, an author, and earned a Ph.D. from the Sorbonne in Paris.  "Cooper completed her first book, A Voice from the South: By A Woman from the South, published in 1892. It was her only published work, although she delivered many speeches calling for Civil rights and woman's rights.  Perhaps her most well-known volume of writing, A Voice from the South is widely viewed as one of the first articulations of Black feminism."

She died in 1964 at the age of 105.  I would have loved to have met her, if I could.

Part of her legacy (again, from Wikipedia)  is that pages 26 and 27 of every new United States passport contain the following quotation: "The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class - it is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity." - Anna Julia Cooper

Theme next week: Anything you wish.


Postcardy said...

Queen Elizabeth must appear on far more stamps than any other woman. Although there are two main portraits, the varieties seem endless.

Sreisaat said...

Wow, she lived a long and meaningful life. I, too, would have love to meet her. I played again this week and I tried to play with the theme a little bit :) Have a nice Sunday!

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Bob Scotney said...

Oops!! Sorry about the first link - no. 4 - I was in too much of a hurry.

Bob Scotney said...

An imposing woman on an impressive stamp.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I can see exactly why you would want to have met her. I would too.

Sreisaat said...

Hi - I have two entries for this week. You can find the second one here:

Joy said...

What a wonderful legacy and tenacity, what an amazing age to live to.


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