Liberty, Equality, and Self-Determination in the Africana World


The ideas of liberty and freedom are not far from themes historically covered by many Africana countries-- especially in the Caribbean and Africa, given their entanglement in the history of slavery, colonialism, racial segregation, and unfair labor practices. From stamps that celebrate the Haitian Revolution and self liberation from slavery, to the Emancipation Proclamation in the US, to the Civil Rights and the struggle for human rights trans-continentally. Many of these commemorative and advocacy stamps shown the freedom from slavery was connected to the freedom from colonialism, from apartheid in South Africa, from Jim Crow in the United States, and from the socio-economic deprivations caused by global capitalism. The stamps of this collection have been issued by the United States, Haiti, Republic of Congo, Kenya, Gambia, Mali, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.


  • Dr. Esper G. Hayes
  • Mrs. Beatrice Cox

Republic of Congo Representation of  Martin Luther King, Jr.
This postage was issued the 5th of August, 1968, to honor the life and service of Martin Luther King, Jr as a champion for human rights by Republic of the Congo.

Haiti Declaration of Universal Human Rights Commemorative Postage
Issued in 1978, this stamp commemorates 30 years since Haiti ratified the United Nations' Declaration of Universal Human Rights, the 10th of December, 1948.

Haitian Revolution
This stamp commemorates the revolt at St. Domingue. The uprising of St. Domingue’s slaves on 21 August 1791 led to the armed struggle that liberated slaves and created the Republic of Haiti, making the nation the first slave-free country and the…