Rosa Parks stamp to be unveiled at the DuSable Museum King Day event

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
Staff Writer

The United States Postal Service will unveil its new Rosa Parks Forever Stamp at the DuSable Museum of African American History during its King Day celebration.
The museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., is hosting a full day of events on Jan. 21 during its annual King Day Celebration. The day will begin with a viewing of President Barack Obama’s second inauguration and include a full day of live performances, dances, films and art, including actors who will walk through the museum’s galleries dressed as African American historical icons Jean Baptiste Point DuSable and his wife Kittihawa, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, Ida B. Wells, Elijah McCoy and Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs, the museum’s founder.

At around 1:30 p.m., the USPS will unveil the Forever Stamp featuring Parks, who was an activist and civil rights icon for the civil rights movement. Parks is widely known for her refusal to obey a bus driver who ordered that she give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., in 1955 during segregation. Outraged by her arrest, the NAACP led the Montgomery Bus Boycott, in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. played a major role.

The Rosa Parks Forever Stamp is one of three civil rights stamps that will be released in 2013. According to the USPS website, the Emancipation Proclamation and March on Washington Forever Stamps will also be unveiled.