Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Rosa Parks to Get a Stamp

USPS has announced that civil rights champion Rosa Parks will be honored with a stamp sometime next year.

According to a USPS press release, "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 U.S. Postal Service is proud to honor the life of this extraordinary American activist who became an iconic figure in the civil rights movement."

It goes on to say, "The stamp art, a gouache painting on illustration board, is a portrait of Parks emphasizing her quiet strength. A 1950s photograph served as the basis for the stamp portrait. Artist Thomas Blackshear II created an original painting for the stamp, which was designed by art director Derry Noyes."

Parks died in 2005.

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posted by Don Schilling at 5:18 PM