Commemorating Legacies: Jimi Hendrix, Wilt Chamberland Slated for Postal Stamps
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Legendary NBA star Wilt Chamberlain is slated to get his image on a postal stamp this year. (Image: File)

Nothing like having career receipts that add up to a legacy worth commemorating via your likeness on a postal stamp. And though who or what image will be featured on stamps is typically kept top-secret, The Washington Post was able to get the most recent list of what’s in store for this year and 2015.

Celebrities and notable leaders are chosen via a collaboration between the Postal Service’s marketing staff and a committee of prominent Americans appointed by the postmaster general to come up with ideas. While some stamps are currently in the design phase, others are still awaiting ideas from the Postal Service’s art staff, according to the report.

Key African-American figures slated for their likenesses on stamps are NBA superstar Wilt Chamberlain, legendary rocker Jimi Hendrix and the ‘Godfather of Soul’ James Brown. Also, for their collectible Black Heritage stamps, Robert Robinson Taylor, the first accredited African American architect in the United States, and Shirley Chisholm, the first major-party African-American candidate to run for the 1972 Democratic nomination for U.S. president, are expected to have their likenesses on the stamp.

Although plans for prominent figures to be included are in the works, Susan McGowan, the Postal Service’s executive director for stamp services and corporate licensing, told the Washington Post that the list is “subject to change” at any time.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.