Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Arthur Ashe Commemorative Stamp Unveiled at U.S. Open

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Arthur Ashe Commemorative Stamp Unveiled at U.S. Open

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WASHINGTON

Arthur Ashe, humanitarian and world-class tennis star, will be immortalized on a commemorative postage stamp to be issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 2005.

The announcement came last month during the unveiling of the stamp image as part of the Arthur Ashe Kids' Day presented by Hess, which kicks off the 2004 U.S. Open. The ceremonies took place in the stadium bearing the tennis legend's name. Ashe's image, a photo by Michael O'Neill used on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine naming Ashe 1992 Sportsman of the Year, is the first Sports Illustrated cover photo ever featured on a postage stamp.

"Arthur Ashe was a man who was unafraid to redefine the boundaries of his world," said Henry A. Pankey, vice president, emergency preparedness, U.S. Postal Service, at the unveiling. "Through his efforts--on and off the court--he pushed us all to make the world a better place."

As the first African American man to win Grand Slam tennis tournaments Wimbledon, and the U. …

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