New stamp honors pioneering Black filmmaker

WASHINGTON (AP)—Pioneer filmmaker Oscar Micheaux was honored June 22 on a new U.S. postage stamp.

The 44-cent stamp is the latest in the agency’s Black Heritage stamp series. It was released at ceremonies in New York and is on sale nationwide.

NEW STAMP—This image provided by the U.S. Postal Service shows the postage stamp honoring Oscar Micheaux.

Micheaux was a director, screenwriter, producer and distributor who was involved in more than 40 films chronicling the experience of African-Americans.

“His films not only entertained, they left audiences with a sense of encouragement, hope and inspiration,” postal Vice President Delores Killette said in a statement.

According to a biography prepared by the NAACP, Micheaux was born near Metropolis, Ill., in 1884 and began writing stories while homesteading a farm in South Dakota.

He formed his own publishing company to sell his books and later formed a film company after becoming intrigued with movies.

He was the first African-American to produce a movie and later introduced the actor Paul Robeson in 1924.

Micheaux died in 1951.


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