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January 2002


SUBJECT: Black History Month

In February we celebrate Black History Month, reflecting on the progress, richness, and diversity of African-American achievements. Although February has been designated as the official month to celebrate Black history, every day is an occasion to highlight the monumental significance of African-American contributions and the vital role they have played in shaping America's history. Black history and American history are woven together.

This year Black History Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the 25th anniversary of the Black Heritage commemorative stamp series and the 2002 honoree, Langston Hughes. The U.S. Postal Service is committed to this popular stamp series, which helps educate Americans on the achievements and contributions of noted African-American leaders, inventors, educators, scientists, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and sports figures.

We encourage you to host special events in your community throughout the month of February, highlighting the achievements of Langston Hughes and the Black Heritage series. Take advantage of Black History Month by inspiring both children and adults to learn more about African-American history through the educational hobby of stamp collecting.

The Langston Hughes stamp will be issued on February 1, 2002, and Black History Month launches nationally also on February 1. The enclosed publicity kit provides a step-by-step guide to help you plan your local Black History Month and Langston Hughes commemorative stamp second-day events and activities. The kit includes the following:

  • Suggestions to generate publicity.
  • Fill-in news releases for Black History Month events.
  • A letter to the editor you can send to local newspapers announcing Black History Month/Langston Hughes second-day ceremonies/events.
  • Sample media advisory, public service announcement, and thank-you notes.
  • Talking points for a speech to be given during local community events.
  • Public Affairs and Communications contacts.
  • Government Relations contacts.

Please use this Black History Month Community Relations publicity kit to help develop and plan your local events. Be sure to keep your area Public Affairs and Communications manager informed of your activities. Your support of this year's campaign is vital to its success.

cc: Vice President, Area Operations
Manager, Capitol Metro Operations

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