With this vibrant new stamp design, the U.S. Postal Service continues its tradition of celebrating Kwanzaa by dedicating a new Kwanzaa Forever stamp today. The First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony took place in Marion Square in Charleston at the MOJA Art Festival celebrating African-American and Caribbean arts.
Kwanzaa, an annual non-religious holiday taking place over seven days from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, brings family, community and culture together for many African-Americans. This year, Dec. 26 marks the 50th anniversary of the widely celebrated holiday.
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“Kwanzaa celebrations focus on the importance of family, community and culture, and reflect some of the core values of African culture,” said U.S. Postal Service Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Government Relations Officer Ronald Stroman. “The stamp’s bold colors depict a young African-American woman as the embodiment of Africa, with her dress collar and matching earring featuring an African design. The image shows her holding a large purple bowl overflowing with fruits and vegetables, symbolizing the abundance of African first harvest celebrations that inspired the creation of Kwanzaa,” Stroman added, referring to the work of stamp artist Synthia Saint James.
Joining Stroman and Saint James in the dedication ceremony were Charleston Mayor John Tecklenberg; Charleston Lowcountry Kwanzaa Planning Committee Chairpersons Mama Abena Allen and Sarah Nesbit; and Kwanzaa stamp art director Greg Breeding. Pastor of the Nichols Chapel AME Church Reverend Randolph Miller served as master of ceremonies.
“We are honored that the United State Postal Service has chosen to unveil the new Kwanzaa stamp in Charleston at our MOJA festival where we celebrate African-American and Caribbean arts throughout the city,” said Tecklenberg. “This is a fitting backdrop for the dedication of the Kwanzaa stamp, which pays tribute to the holiday that honors the community and values of African culture.”