Support Letter

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Directions for Submission of Letters (Download detailed instructions):

1. Select a letter below, complete the required blank information sections (name, customization, etc), print and sign.

2. Mail your lettr to the following address:

Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
c/o Stamp Development
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260-3501


Letter 1:

To: Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
c/o Stamp Development
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260-3501

Re: Support for Petition for Recognition of Gibran Kahlil Gibran through a US Postage Stamp

Dear Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee Members:

This letter is written to you in support of the campaign for a commemorative stamp in honor of Gibran Kahlil Gibran to be issued in 2016. Born in 1883 in Bcharre, Lebanon, Gibran immigrated to the United States in 1894. He lived most of his life in New York, writing his works in English to later be translated to Arabic among many other languages. Gibran’s works are strikingly influential worldwide. He is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind only Shakespeare and Lao Tzu. He made contributions to literary art as well as visual art through his magnificent drawings and paintings. Gibran was an integral part of the fabric of writers, truly illustrating the illustrious “melting-pot” narrative so commonly referred to in this wonderful country. His words have been quoted in many speeches, and have influenced songs by superstar artists. John Lennon used a line from Gibran’s Sand and Foam in the song "Julia" from The Beatles' 1968 album The Beatles.

Joan Acocella best described the reach of The Prophet, Gibran’s most famous work, and its influence on American culture and life in a 2008 article in The New Yorker entitled “PROPHET MOTIVE: The Kahlil Gibran phenomenon,”

There are public schools named for Gibran in Brooklyn and Yonkers. “The Prophet” has been recited at countless weddings and funerals. It is quoted in books and articles on training art teachers, determining criminal responsibility, and enduring ectopic pregnancy, sleep disorders[...] Its words turn up in advertisements for marriage counsellors, chiropractors, learning-disabilities specialists, and face cream.

Gibran truly felt that he was a part of the American fabric. In 1926, he wrote to immigrant youth in Brooklyn saying, “And I believe that it is in you to be good citizens. And what is it to be a good citizen? [...] It is to stand before the towers of New York, Washington, Chicago and San Francisco saying in your heart, ‘I am the descendant of a people that build Damascus, and Biblus, and Tyre and Sidon, and Antioch, and now I am here to build with you, and with a will. It is to be proud of being an American [...]” This man, though never actually naturalized, felt a strong sense of pride in what it means to be American.

He is the subject of many recent projects. Superstars such as Salma Hayek have become involved in bringing Gibran and his works to life on the big screen-through both animated and biopic features. Carlos Slim recently purchased the remaining works of Gibran to display at his art museum. These are just a few examples of Gibran’s impact and legacy.

I urge you to accept this letter and petition and grant Gibran the honor of being the subject of a US Postage stamp, an honor he well deserves. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
[Name]


Letter 2:

To: Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
c/o Stamp Development
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260-3501

Re: Support for Petition for Recognition of Gibran Kahlil Gibran through a US Postage Stamp

Dear Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee Members:

I am writing to request that the Committee recognize the contributions of Gibran Kahlil Gibran through the issuance of a commemorative US Postage Stamp to be issued in 2016. Gibran has left an unforgettable impact on society world-wide. He is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind only Shakespeare and Lao Tzu. A poet, philosopher, and artist, his works are world renown. His most famous work, The Prophet, has sold over 9 million copies in the United States alone and over 100 million copies worldwide. Quotes from his works have been used in countless speeches and even songs by superstars such as The Beatles. Gibran’s words have appealed to people for decades.

Though not American citizen, Gibran held the ideals of the United States and being American to the highest regard. He best expresses this high regard in his poem “I Believe in You” when he writes, “[...] And what is it to be a good citizen? [...] It is to stand before the towers of New York, Washington, Chicago and San Francisco saying in your heart, ‘I am the descendant of a people that build Damascus, and Biblus, and Tyre and Sidon, and Antioch, and now I am here to build with you, and with a will. It is to be proud of being an American [...]”

Putting Gibran on a stamp would ensure that his legacy is carried on for generations to come- a legacy that represents the true “American Dream” of an immigrant coming to America for the promise of a better life, integrating into the social fabric, and gaining a true sense of pride in the US-- the great country in which they dwell.

Gibran is the subject of many recent projects involving major figures such as actress Salma Hayek. With his works honored in writing, and soon to be immortalized in film, the next logical step is to honor his legacy in the form of a commemorative stamp!

I urge you to accept this letter and petition and grant Gibran the honor of being the subject of a US Postage stamp, an honor he well deserves. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
[Name]


Letter 3:

To: Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
c/o Stamp Development
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260-3501

Re: Support for Petition for Recognition of Gibran Kahlil Gibran through a US Postage Stamp

Dear Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee Members:

I am writing to request that the Committee recognize the contributions of Gibran Kahlil Gibran through the issuance of a commemorative US Postage Stamp to be issued in 2016.

[Insert reasoning of your choice, suggested talking points and examples below]

Suggested Points/Examples

  • Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao Tzu
  • The Prophet, his most famous work has sold over 9 million copies in the US and over 100 million copies worldwide.
  • He lived most of his life in the US, immigrating here as a young boy and living in Boston and New York until his death in 1931.
  • Most of his works were written in English and then translated to Arabic.
  • His works have been used in speeches and songs (and have been recited at weddings and almost all occasions) Example: Sand and Foam was used as an inspiration for John Lennon in The Beatles’ song “Julia” in 1968 from their album The Beatles
  • He was an author, poet, philosopher, and poet.

[Insert a reason why Gibran’s works (or one in particular) has influenced you, or why you appreciate his works/influence/legacy.]

I urge you to accept this letter and petition and grant Gibran the honor of being the subject of a US Postage stamp, an honor he well deserves. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
[Name]