AMHERST, Mass – The U.S. Postal Service has announced a new stamp honoring African-American writer Ralph Ellison and produced with the assistance of Steve Tracy, professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who served as an expert visual and textual consultant.
A likeness of Ellison, whose “Invisible Man”is one of the most respected post-war American novels, will grace the 91-cent denomination stamp, which is the first-class rate for a three-ounce letter.
Tracy was chosen as an expert consultant based upon his edited volume “A Historical Guide to Ralph Ellison,” and other publications about Ellison and in the field of Afro-American literature. Tracy has also been selected to serve on a keynote roundtable discussion at the Ellison Centennial Symposium at the conference of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS) in Ellison’s hometown, Oklahoma City, in March.