Bishop Richard Allen Postage Stamp


The Postal Service Celebrates Black History Month Issuing a Forever Stamp Honoring Richard Allen,

Founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Marks the 39th Stamp in the Black Heritage Series



Black Heritage: Richard Allen

Preacher, activist, and civic leader Richard Allen (1760–1831) was an inspiring figure whose life and work resonate profoundly in American history. This stamp coincides with the 200th anniversary of Allen’s founding of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, one of the most important institutions in African-American life, as well as his election as its first bishop.

The stamp art is a portrait of Allen, a detail from an 1876 print titled “Bishops of the A.M.E. Church.” Featuring Allen in the center surrounded by ten other bishops and six historical vignettes, the print is from the collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia. The noon ET Feb. 2 First-Day-of-Issue ceremony will take place at the Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church in Philadelphia.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Delivers Keynote at 2012 General Conference

First Lady Michelle Obama Delivered the keynote address at the49th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference
in June of 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Mrs. Obama commended the AME Church and challenged the GC attendees to understand that the fight for civil rights has not been won. She went on to explain that all of us have to be responsible citizens, which means that we have to do our civic duties that includes being positive role models for our children. She encouraged the delegates and visitors to “continue the work, and bring others along with you,” and understand that Church is more than attending Sunday worship. She went on to say, “Church is a 7-day activity.” Mrs. Obama encouraged church members to attend school board and other meetings and to integrate church programs with the programs of the local community. She also addressed relevant issues germane to the African American community, such as obesity, crime, political apathy, and education.

She gave a rousing speech and received numerous standing ovations. At the end of her speech, she received a 5-minute standing ovation.

She took time to meet and greet delegates and it was obvious that she had “connected” with the members of the conference.

Watch Mrs. Obama’s full speech here: