Sarah Breedlove McWilliams Walker (1867-1919) was one of the first American women of any race to become a millionaire through her own efforts. While working as a laundress, she pioneered and publicized beauty products that became wildly successful. An early advocate of women's economic independence and empowerment, her company employed thousands of women as agents and beauty consultants. She was generous with her money and contributed thousands to black philanthropic work, including the preservation of Frederick Douglas's home and the NAACP's anti-lynching campaign.
The stamp was issued on January 28, 1998, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Designed by Richard Sheaff of Scottsdale, Arizona, the stamp was printed by the Banknote Corporation of America, Inc. and issued in self-adhesive panes of twenty.
This stamp is part of the Black Heritage Stamp Series. Initiated in 1978, the USPS continues to issue a stamp featuring a notable Black American every February in conjunction with Black History Month and at other times during the year.