The Postal Service issued a 37-cent Kwanzaa special stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of twenty stamps, on October 16, 2004, in Chicago, Illinois. Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, designed the stamp. Ashton-Potter (USA), Ltd., produced 60 million stamps in the offset process with microprinting "USPS."
Kwanzaa is a nonreligious African American holiday that takes place over seven days from December 26 to January 1. It draws on African traditions and takes its name from the Swahili phrase for "first fruits." Its origins are in harvest celebrations that occurred in ancient and modern times in various places across the African continent.
Art director Derry Noyes and stamp artist Daniel Minter strove to create a design that appropriately balances formality with a celebratory, festive mood. The seven days of Kwanzaa, and the seven principles they signify, are represented by seven figures in colorful robes.
Postal Bulletin (September 16, 2004).