African Americans on Postage Stamps

Anna Julia Cooper

Scholar, Feminist, and Activist from Slavery to Civil Rights

44-cent Anna Julia Cooper stamp
The Anna Julia Cooper stamp was issued on June 11, 2009 as part of the Black Heritage series.

As an educator, scholar, feminist and activist, Anna Julia Cooper (c.1858-1964), gave voice to the African-American community during the 19th and 20th centuries from the end of slavery to the beginning of the Civil Rights movement.

Cooper, best known for her groundbreaking collection of essays and speeches, A Voice from the South by a Black Woman of the South, also exhibited educational leadership, most notably challenging the racist notion that African Americans were naturally inferior.

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