First Black Graduate of MIT, Robert Robinson Taylor, Honored with Stamp

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Robert Robinson Taylor, often recognized as the first African-American graduate of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was honored by the United States Postal Service, becoming the 38th honoree in its Black Heritage Stamp series.

The first-day-of-issuance ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum overlapped with the museum’s exhibit “Freedom Around the Corner: Black America from the Civil War to Civil Rights,” the release notes. White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, who is also Taylor’s great granddaughter, joined Postmaster General Megan Brennan for the ceremony.

“Anytime I face a daunting challenge and self-doubt creeps in, I think of my great grandfather, Robert Taylor, the son of a slave, who traveled from Wilmington, NC, to attend M.I.T. in 1882,” Jarrett said according to the release. “He believed that with a good education, hard work, relentless determination and a dedication to family, there were no limits to what he could accomplish. The example he set gives me strength and courage. My family is proud to stand on his shoulders and we know that it is our responsibility to embrace his values, to ensure that his legacy will be ‘forever stamped’ in the conscious of future generations.”

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Source: The Root |

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