Oscar Micheaux Stamp Unveiling

The United States Postal Service is issuing a new stamp honoring novelist and filmmaker Oscar Micheaux as part of its Black Heritage Series. For followers of western literature, Micheaux is best known for his autobiographical novels The Conquest and The Homesteader, which tell of his homesteading experiences in early-twentieth century South Dakota. In silent films such as The Symbol of the Unconquered and talkies such as The Exile, Micheaux returned to his South Dakota experiences as the basis for these pioneering independent films by a highly independent African American filmmaker. The Micheaux stamp will be the 33rd stamp released in the Black Heritage series. For earlier WLA posts about Oscar Micheaux, see Oscar Micheaux Conference and New Oscar Micheaux-Themed Album.

The first day of issue will be June 22, 2010. There will be a ceremony at Columbia University (events listed below via the Columbia University website’s calendar):

FIRST-DAY-OF-ISSUE CEREMONY

Columbia University School of the Arts

Miller Theatre

2960 Broadway & 116th Street

New York, New York

June 22, 2010

11 a.m.

Master of Ceremonies

Voza Rivers

Chairman, Harlem Arts Alliance

Executive Producer

New Heritage Films

Welcome

Claude M. Steele

Provost

Columbia University

Introduction to Musical Group Impact

Jamal Joseph

Chair, Film Program

Columbia University School of the Arts

National Anthem

Lift Every Voice and Sing

Impact Repertory Theatre

Harlem, New York

Official Stamp Dedication

Delores J. Killette

Vice President and Consumer Advocate

United States Postal Service

Musical Tribute

Wycliffe Gordon Quartet

Remarks

Geoffrey Fletcher

Adjunct Faculty of Film, Columbia University School of the Arts

Melvin van Peebles

Independent Filmmaker and Author

Movie Trailer Presentation:

Oscar’s Comeback (work-in-progress)

Lisa Collins

Director/Producer, Columbia University School of the Arts (MFA ’98)

MarkSchwarzburt

Co-Director/Producer

ClosingRemarks

Voza Rivers

Honored Guests

Pearl Bowser

Filmmaker (“Midnight Ramble”) Author and Micheaux Scholar

Jaine Gaines

Professor of Film, Columbia University School of the Arts

Jerry Wilske

Director, Oscar Micheaux Center

Gregory, SD

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