Celebrities celebrated the launch of the first Rosa Parks Stamp during the NAACP Image Awards. The stamp, which was officially available for purchase on Monday, honors the late Civil Rights Activist. Steve Harvey, Cedric The Entertainener, Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J, Kareem Abdul Jabar, Wendy Raquel Robinson and more took time to stop and check out the fabulous stamp that honors a great Black American hero.
Parks, who died in 2005, became one of the enduring figures of the Civil Rights movement when she refused to cede her seat in the colored section of the Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man after the whites-only section filled up. Her defiance and the ensuing black boycott of the city bus system helped the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. rise to national prominence.
The Parks stamp is the second in a set of civil rights stamps being issued this year by the U.S. Postal Service.
USPS launched the series Jan. 1 with the Emancipation Proclamation Forever Stamp, which was issued at The National Archives in Washington. In August, the series will culminate with the dedication of a stamp recognizing the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington.
Forever Stamps currently are being sold for 46 cents.
The Parks stamp went on sale Monday at post offices nationwide and at The Henry Ford, where dozens of people lined up to buy it, and nearby where collectors gathered to get their new stamps and other collectables stamped — or officially “canceled” — by a postal service employee.
President Barack Obama issued a proclamation about Ms. Parks:
“As we mark the 100th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ birth, we celebrate the life of a genuine American hero and remind ourselves that although the principle of equality has always been self-evident, it has never been self-executing,” the proclamation reads.
“I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate service, community and education programs to honor Rosa Parks’ enduring legacy.”
We are so proud to see a legendary Black hero honored nationally. Please make sure you pick up a few of these stamps and continue to educate each generations about our Black American heros!!