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U.S. Postal Service and Morehouse College Celebrate Black History Month

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Contact: Michael Miles-U.S. Postal Service PH 770-935-5068/404-915-5861 (cell)
Elise Durham-Morehouse College-404-507-8648/404-427-1361 (cell)

ATLANTA, GA -- The U.S. Postal Service will once again join with Morehouse College in celebration of Black History Month on Thursday, February 26, with a special stamp program and presentation. The program and the unveiling of the Pioneers of Civil Rights commemorative stamps will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, 830 Westview Drive, SW on the Morehouse College campus. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. and is open to the public.
Joining in the celebration will be Kate F. Wiley, U.S. Postal Service Atlanta District Manager, Dr. Robert Michael Franklin, President of Morehouse College, Beverly Travis, cousin of lawyer and educator Charles Hamilton Houston, one of the subjects featured on the Civil Rights Pioneers stamps and Alethea Bonell , Regional Youth Director, NAACP National Office. In addition to the stamp unveiling, there will be sales of the Civil Rights Pioneers stamps and other merchandise to mark the occasion.

The Civil Rights Pioneers commemorative stamps immortalize the courage, commitment and achievements of 12 civil rights leaders: Ella Baker, Daisy Gatson Bates, J.R. Clifford, Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, Charles Hamilton Houston, Ruby Hurley, Mary White Ovington, Joel Elias Spingarn, Mary Church Terrell, Oswald Garrison Villard and Walter White. The stamps were issued on Feb. 21 as part of the NAACP’s Centennial Celebration. White and Hurley helped establish the NAACP’s Atlanta branch.

To images of the Pioneers of Civil Rights stamps and other 2009 stamp issues, go to: http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2008/pr08_136.htm

An independent federal agency, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that visits every address in the nation – 146 million homes and businesses. It has 37,000 retail locations and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to pay for operating expenses, not tax dollars. It has annual revenues of $75 billion and delivers nearly half the world’s mail.

Ranked three times as the number one college in the nation for educating African American students by Black Enterprise magazine, and recognized by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top feeder schools for the 15 most prominent graduate and professional schools in the country, Morehouse College is the nation¹s largest, private liberal arts college for men. Founded in 1867, the College enrolls approximately 3,000 students. Morehouse is one of only two Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCU) to produce three Rhodes Scholars. Prominent alumni include Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize laureate and civil rights leader; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and director of the National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine; Shelton ‘Spike’ Lee, filmmaker and president of 40 Acres & A Mule Productions; Samuel L. Jackson, Academy Award nominated actor; Maynard H. Jackson, founder of Jackson Securities and the first African-American mayor of Atlanta; and Nima A. Warfield, the first African-American Rhodes Scholar from a HBCU.

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Posted by edurham at February 20, 2009 05:06 PM

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