The U.S. postal service announced recently that it will unveil a new series of stamps over the next two years featuring some of the 20th century’s most influential musicians, including a handful of iconic black performers. The lineup includes Michael Jackson, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Sarah Vaughn and Sam Cooke.
According to Rolling Stone:
Among them are general music-related stamps honoring guitars and hip-hop, as well as several new entries in the U.S.P.S.’s Music Icons series, including Lennon, Bill Monroe, Jim Morrison, Sam Cooke, Tammy Wynette, “Fats” Waller, Freddie Fender, Roy Orbison, Sarah Vaughan and Willie Dixon. Michael Jackson will also be getting his own stamp that is not part of the Icons series.
It’s an honor, albiet a somewhat strange one. Barack Obama is slated for a stamp soon, along with Dora the Explorer. At least the U.S. Postal Service is trying to keep it interesting.