Stamps tell a story. This one honors trailblazing African-American journalist.

Posted Feb 28, 2020

Last month, the U.S. Postal Service issued its 43rd Black Heritage stamp honoring Gwen Ifill, one of America’s most respected journalist.

As Black History Month comes to a close, the Springfield Avenue post office in Newark held a brief ceremony Friday to honor Ifill with the unveiling of a special enlargement of the stamp.

“The United State Postal Service remains committed to educating and informing America and the world about the many achievements and contributions noted from African-Americans,’’ said Silvia Glover, postmaster of the Newark office.

Ifill, who died in 2016, joins an illustrious list of African-Americans who are part of the Black Heritage Stamp series that started in 1978. They include notable figures such as Jackie Robinson, Marian Anderson, Mary McLeod Bethune and Zora Neale Hurston.

Ifill, who had an extensive career, worked at The Boston Herald American, The Baltimore Evening Sun, The Washington Post and The New York Times, where she was a White House correspondent and covered Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992.

Two years later, Ifill moved to NBC where she covered politics. In 1999, she joined PBS and became managing editor of “Washington Week," a nationally televised public affairs program. Ifill was the first woman and first African-American to host that news analysis show.

She covered seven presidential campaigns, and in 2004, Ifill became the first African-American woman journalist to moderate a vice presidential debate. She did it again in 2008, and in 2013 Ifill was part of the first all-female team to anchor the “PBS News Hour,” a daily national broadcast news show.

Celebrating Ifill locally was done in conjunction with the New Jersey chapter of The Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections (ESPER). It’s an international stamp society dedicated to promoting the collecting of stamps and Philatelic material depicting and events related to the African Diaspora.

Clarence McKnight, webmaster for the organization, said the gathering in the Newark post office serves to make people in the city aware of the Ifill stamp.

“It spreads the history through stamping," McKnight said. “They each have a story to tell."

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