A stamp collector for over 26 years and known as “TheStampKeeper“, Charlene Blair has turned her hobby into a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization to help bring greater awareness and education about the many African Americans that have been honored on U.S. stamps. She is an award-winning exhibitor and IL Chapter Chair of the Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections (ESPER). She is also a member of the American Philatelic Society (APS) and the Association of African American Museums. The goal is to expose others to the hobby and history of stamp collecting by edutainment and exploration. By providing stamps kits to kids, setting up pop-up exhibits and social media efforts this is being achieved and your support will encourage and continue these efforts.
It's not just stamps but first day covers, sourvenir pages, posters, coasters and a host of other philatelic items that allow kids to consider being an artist, a museum profession and /or entrepreneurs.
Charlene started collecting in 1991 after reading an article in Jet Magazine about the 14th black heritage stamp being issued. Her journey heightened after obtaining stamps from a local stamp dealer and attending stamp shows. Beginning with the black heritage series, the oldest commemorative series by the USPS, she expanded to other African Americans on stamps.
Charlene has been sharing her collection and related articles and information on social media platforms for several years but has developed a digital epresentation showing the path of the Civil War to Cival Rights using U.S. stamps. This project is being enhance to make it available in various platforms.