Distinguished scholar, author, literary critic and Harvard University professor Dr. Henry L. Gates Jr. will serve as the newest member of the Postmaster General's Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, effective January 2005.
Holder of more than 40 honorary degrees, Gates has authored 12 books and edited more than three dozen books on African American issues. He has also served as director on more than 30 boards.
The members are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Postmaster General. The Committee is composed of 14 members whose backgrounds reflect a wide range of educational, artistic, historical and professional expertise. All share an interest in philately and fulfilling the needs of postal customers.