Richard Wright used his pen to battle racism. The U.S. Postal Service will use his image to do the same - and to help move the mail.
At a first-day ceremony next Thursday in the Chicago Post Office, a 61-cent commemorative stamp honoring Wright will be issued as the 25th in the Literary Arts series.
The stamp will cover the postage for first-class mail weighing up to 2 ounces when the new postal rates take effect on May 11 (44 cents for the first ounce and 17 cents for the second - the rate for the second ounce doesn't change).