Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday honored by a postage stamp featuring her image
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The courageous icon of the Jim Crow era is scheduled to receive an honor on what would have been her 100th birthday if she were still alive.
The USA Today reported that the U.S. Postal Service will be unveiling a postage stamp that features an image of Rosa Parks.
Parks is known as “The First Lady of Civil Rights.” In Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955, she refused to give up her seat in the black section of a bus she rode on to a white passenger as the white section became full.
She was arrested for civil disobedience. However, the gesture made Parks instrumental in the activities of civil rights, including the subsequent Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955.
Don Neal, editor of Reflections, a newsletter published by the Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections told USA Today: “Stamp collectors and other people travel to events like this because they want to be part of history.”
A ceremony celebrating the unveiling of the new stamp is scheduled for February 4th (Parks’ birthday) at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Another commemorative ceremony will be held on that day the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.