John H. Johnson, Barbara Jordan, Romare Bearden Honored With Postage Stamp

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Greensboro, NC -- Three African American luminaries were honored on Saturday in Greensboro with the dedication of a commemorative postage stamp at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

The Museum, along with the U.S. Postal Service, dedicated the stamps to honor John H. Johnson, Barbara Jordan and Romare Bearden.

The three are being honored in part of the Black Heritage Stamp series during Black History Month.

"We are most proud to have the opportunity to recognize three individuals who became some of our nation's most distinguished voices in our history," said Bamidele Demerson, executive director of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. "This Museum serves as the appropriate venue for this type of recognition."

Each of the dedicated stamps will be issued as Forever stamps, which are equal in value to the current first-class mail rate stamps. Bearden's artwork is depicted on a set of four Forever stamps.

John H. Johnson was the founder of Johnson Publishing Company, the largest African American-owned firm of its kind in the U.S. The company is home to major publications such as Ebony and Jet magazines, owns Supreme Beauty hair products and Fashion Fair cosmetics, and also produces the Ebony Fashion Fair - the world's largest traveling fashion show. In 1982, Johnson was the first African American to appear on the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans.

Barbara Jordan was a leader in the civil rights movement, and the first African American woman to be elected to the Texas legislature. She became the first African American elected to the Texas State Senate since 1883. Jordan was also the first African American woman to be nominated to the U.S. Congress, where she successfully served three terms and supported various legislation initiatives extending federal protection of civil rights.

Romare Bearden, a noted artist and writer, was born in Charlotte, NC, and recognized by the New York Times as "one of American's pre-eminent artists" and "the nation's foremost collagist." Bearden's work is celebrated for its revolutionary approach to watercolors, oils, collages and other media. To honor his memory, the Romare Bearden Foundation was established in 1990, and ground was recently broken for the Romare Bearden Park in Charlotte.

For more information on the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, including future programs, contact the Museum at 336-274-9199 or visit


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