Envelope Signed by Jesse Jackson Sr. with 1979 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Stamp

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United States




Ink on Paper


3.7 × 6.5 in. (9.5 × 16.5 cm)

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The 15¢ Black Heritage stamp on this envelope is from those first issued on January 13, 1979, honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and his work. The envelope has a handwritten message from Jesse Jackson Sr. that states, “Keep Hope Alive! Peace!” King, a Baptist minister, Nobel Prize winner, and civil rights leader, became a major voice during the civil rights movement. During the March on Washington in 1963, King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, which would come to be regarded as one of the greatest speeches in American history. The power of King’s language was drawn from the Bible, and included quotes and references from Isaiah, Amos, Psalms, and Galatians.

Created in 1979.[1] Acquired by 2010 by Gene Albert (Christian Heritage Museum), Hagerstown, Maryland; Privately purchased in 2010 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2017 to National Christian Foundation (later The Signatry), under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: Envelope canceled in Atlanta, Georgia, January 13, 1979, on first day of issue.

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