Rosa Parks to be honored with ‘forever stamp’


WHO: THE WOMEN OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT: Dr. Bernice King, King Center CEO, SCLC First Lady Cathelean Steele, SCLC WOMEN President Evelyn Lowery, Janice Mathis, Rainbow/PUSH Executive Director, Helen Butler, People’s Agenda Executive Director, former State Rep. Roberta Abdul-Salaam and the esteemed Mrs. Christine King Farris among other civil rights icons and luminaries

WHAT: Unveiling of a Commemorative Stamp by the U.S. Postal Service honoring Mrs. Rosa Parks and the Observance of her 100th Birthday

WHEN: 1 pm on Monday, February 4, 2013

WHERE: The King Center at 449 Auburn Ave

WHY: “Mrs. Parks was not just known for sitting down on that Montgomery bus. She was also known for working with children. She had the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute in Atlanta, where over 500 young people have been touched by Mrs. Parks through participating in the program,” says Brenda Davenport, Founder and Coordinator of the Rosa Parks Centennial Tribute Committee. “Once she sat down, the rest of the world stood up. That one act started the modern day Civil Rights Movement — bringing us Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and so many, many more. Jane Gunter was a pregnant young white woman on the bus with Mrs. Parks that fateful day who now laments that, because of those perilous and racially tense times; she could not help Mrs. Parks. But the event changed her life. Now she leads a major homeless and feeding program in the City of East Point. She will be there with us to celebrate.”

“All the great women of the civil rights movement are coming to proudly honor one of their own – the first ‘shero’, of the struggle for racial justice,” says Margaret Muhammad, the Rosa Parks committee co-chair. “Rosa Parks is the Mother of the Movement!”

The Black Heritage Stamp Series is a collection of stamps commemorating the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans throughout American history. Their acclaimed societal, political, and cultural undertakings are highlighted and extolled through this series. The Black Heritage series began in 1978 with a stamp honoring American abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Each fall, the honoree for the following year is announced.
The U.S. Postal Service 2013 Rosa Parks (Forever®) stamp honors the life of this extraordinary American activist who became an iconic figure in the civil rights movement. In 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks courageously refused to give up her seat on a municipal bus to a white man, defying the discriminatory laws of the time.
The response to Parks’ arrest was a boycott of the Montgomery bus system that lasted for more than a year and became an international cause célèbre. In 1956, in a related case, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that segregating Montgomery buses was unconstitutional.

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