African Americans on Postage Stamps

Charles Hamilton Houston and Walter White

Civil Rights Pioneers

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42-cent Charles Hamilton Houston and Walter White stamp. The Civil Rights Pioneers Issue was released on February 21, 2009.

Charles Hamilton Houston (1895-1950) was a lawyer and educator in addition to a main architect of the civil rights movement. He believed in using laws to better the lives of underprivileged citizens. Houston’s portrait used for the stamp honoring him is from a Nov. 22, 1939, photograph from the Washington Press held by the Library of Congress.

With his blue eyes and fair complexion, NAACP leader Walter White (1893-1955) was able to make daring undercover investigations of civil rights abuses in the United States. The portrait of Walter White used in the stamp honoring him, dated around 1950, is from the records of the NAACP at the Library of Congress.

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