America issued its first stamp honoring an African American in 1940 when it recognized Booker T. Washington, who was born a slave and became one of the nation's great educators. This work has more than 1,000 U.S. and foreign stamps, with their individual data, featuring such persons as writer Alex Haley, civil rights activists Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The book also discusses the collecting of African American stamps as a hobby and as an investment opportunity. There are 583 photographs, 206 of them in color. References, bibliography, index.