Rosa Parks Celebration, Stamp Unveiled

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By Ellis Eskew

There was a special honor for one of Montgomery's - - and the nation's - - heroes Monday evening. 

A stamp was unveiled for civil rights icon Rosa Parks... on what would have been her 100th birthday.

Folks gathered inside Whitley Hall at Troy University's Montgomery campus to celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

"She has been quite an inspiration in terms of doing things that are right instead of always doing the immediate. Also, recognizing you have to have perseverance and courage to risk. And it takes doing it over and over and over again sometimes to make things happen," said Rosa Parks Museum Director Georgette Norman.

Museum officials presented mayor Todd Strange with "Rosa Parks 100th Birthday Wishes Projects."

It's made up of 1,400 student wishes for the future inspired by Parks.

They were printed on silk screen posters and will be displayed around the city of Montgomery.

Guests heard a lecture about parks by Montgomery native and Cornell associate professor Dr. Riche Richardson.

And the U.S. Postal Service unveiled the commemorative stamp of Parks as well.

 

"It was quite on honor that on her 100th birthday they would issue this stamp to look at a life well lived," said Norman.

Poet Nikky Finney read her poem "Red Velvet," which is about the civil rights icon.

Although she is no longer living, Finney says Parks' inspiration lives on today.

"It lives on in every progressive movement in this country where people are saying we're going this way and not that way. We're not going to just take what is given to us but we are going to up the ante and do more," said Finney.

The stamp went on sale Monday.

 

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