Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., one of the nation’s most prominent African American scholars and member of the Postmaster General’s Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, was arrested last week at his home near Harvard University after trying to force open the locked front door.
According to a report by the police department in Cambridge, Mass., Gates accused police officers at the scene of being racist and said repeatedly, “This is what happens to black men in America.” Gates was charged with disorderly conduct and racial harassment.
Dr. Gates was appointed to the Postmaster General’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee in January 2005.
According to the CSAC’s website:
Established in 1957, the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee receives more than 50,000 cards and letters in support of stamp subject proposals annually and is responsible for making subject and design recommendations to the Postmaster General.
source: Harvard Crimson