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Rosa Parks postage stamp is released

The U.S. Postal Service issued a Rosa Parks “forever” stamp Monday, honoring the civil rights activist on what would have been her 100th birthday.

The Postal Service unveiled the stamp during a National Day of Courage celebration at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich.

Parks, an African American, became a prominent figure in the civil rights movement when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Ala.

Parks’s defiance led to a boycott of the city’s bus system and helped springboard the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. into the national spotlight.

Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman described Parks as “the epitome of courage.” He served as a young lawyer on the staff of Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) when Parks worked at Conyers’s Detroit office, according to the Associated Press.

The new Rosa Parks commemorative stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service honoring civil rights icon is seen. Today would have been Rosa Park's 100th birthday. (United States Postal Service/Via Getty Images)

“[Parks’s] quiet strength helped to change a nation,” Stroman said. “Let this stamp be a symbol of her courage and determination. And let it remind us to never forget the indignities of days gone by — and to never stop fighting for the aspirations of generations yet unborn.”

The Parks stamp marks the second in a new civil rights collection from the Postal Service.

The USPS issued its first civil rights stamp Jan. 1, unveiling the Emancipation Proclamation forever stamp at the National Archives in Washington. The series wraps up in August with the dedication of a stamp recognizing the 50th anniversary of the “March on Washington,” where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Josh Hicks

Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

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