2020 Kwanzaa stamp (298132)
Credit: U.S. Postal Service image

The U.S. Postal Service recently dedicated a new Kwanzaa stamp. A virtual dedication ceremony was posted on the Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The event included remarks from Coleman and Linda Hazel Humes, adjunct assistant professor, Africana Studies Department, John Jay College; and music by Sanga of the Valley.

Art director Antonio Alcala designed the stamp, and Andrea Pippins was the illustrator.

Kwanzaa takes place over seven days annually from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, bringing family, community and culture together for many. Each year, millions of African Americans gather with friends and family throughout Kwanzaa week to honor the Pan-African holiday’s seven founding principles: unity (umoja), self-determination (kujichagulia), collective work and responsibility (ujima), cooperative economics (ujamaa), purpose (nia), creativity (kuumba) and faith (imani).