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US Postal Service Honors Toni Morrison with New Stamp

Nobel laureate and novelist Toni Morrison has been honored with a stamp of her own by the U.S. Postal Service. A Ceremony was held at Princeton University, where she worked as a professor, to celebrate the stamp.

Best known for her novels “Beloved,” “Jazz,” and “Sula,” the celebrated author often tackled subjects of racism, black history and culture, and the mistreatment of Black Americans in her works. She passed away in 2019.

Toni Morrison became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993.

The U.S. Postal Service receives 30,000 suggestions for new stamps each year, out of which 25-30 new stamps are selected. A spokesperson for the Postal Service said Morrison “made extraordinary and enduring contributions to American society.”

At the stamp ceremony held at Princeton University, fans and friends of the late author remembered her. Oprah Winfrey, who often chose Morrison’s book for her Book Club shared a video text, “Toni Morrison’s books are in so many of our homes and abide in our hearts because she served as a catalyst for generations of readers over the years to understand the power of reading and words.”

“One of the goals of our stamp program is to raise awareness and celebrate the people who represent the very best of our nation,” said Pritha Mehra, USPS chief information officer, and executive vice president. “It’s a privilege to represent the 650,000 men and women of the Postal Service, as we honor Toni Morrison with one more tribute — our new stamp that will be seen by millions and forever remind us of the power of her words and the ideas she brought to the world.”

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Written by Aliyah Collins