U.S. Postal Service Honoring Rosa Parks

Civil Rights Activist to Appear on Historic Forever Stamp on Her Centennial Birthday

January 22, 2013 

Release No. 13-ma0122 

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U.S. Postal Service Honoring Rosa Parks


The U.S. Postal Service proudly recognizes Rosa Parks, an extraordinary American activist who became an iconic figure in the Civil Rights movement.

Two stamp dedication events will be held in Detroit and Dearborn, MI, to honor Parks, who received many honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton in 1996. In 1987, she co-founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development in Detroit to inspire young people.

Detroit will become the first city in the nation to sell the Rosa Parks Forever Stamp at a special ceremony at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

The First-Day-of-Issue stamp event will be held during Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday celebration, which will be observed during the day-long National Day of Courage conference hosted by the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI.


7:30 a.m. ET, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 in Detroit; 10:45 a.m. ET, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 in Dearborn, MI.


Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, MI  48201

The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI  48124


On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, AL, for refusing to give up her seat on a municipal bus to a white man. Her arrest not only sparked a boycott of the Montgomery bus system that lasted longer than a year, it served to ignite a movement that was ultimately successful in inspiring others to similar courageous acts to challenge racial segregation. Many honors were awarded to Parks in her lifetime, including the Spingarn Medal, the highest award of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1979 and dozens of honorary degrees. She was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1999. The stamp honoring Rosa Parks is being issued as a Forever Stamp, which are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price. Art director Derry Noyes and stamp artist Thomas Blackshear II, who created his portrait in gouache on illustration board, emphasize Parks’ quiet determination and her pleasant persona in the stamp art. Find more information about the new stamp at www.usps.com/stamps, www.facebook.com/uspsstamps or http://beyondtheperf.com/.

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