Today’s COVID Card acknowledges William Cooper Nell. Appointed Boston Postal Clerk in 1863, Mr. Nell was the earliest known African American civilian employee of the federal government. He was the first published African American historian and a civil rights pioneer. He helped secure food, clothing, money, and shelter for fugitive slaves. He also founded several organizations in Boston aimed at helping people improve their lives through lectures, discussions, and reading.
COVID Card #63
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The United States Postal Service has been hit hard by the pandemic. Controlling elements of the Federal Government (the president and Republican Senate) do not want to provide aid to the service. So, it’s up to us. It may seem insignificant, but if we all sent just a few letters a week, we could help ensure that our daily, free mail delivery service continues. For the past (see the card number above) days, I have drawn a card each day and mailed it to someone the next day (none are sent on Sundays; two are sent on Mondays). Please consider mailing cards and letters while we still can for 55 cents (first class letter postage). If the USPS fails, you could find it costs $8 or more to send a letter. And that’s just one of the ways we will all lose if the USPS shuts down.