USPS unveils new Forever Stamp that honors civil rights movement

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Posted on January 21, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 21 at 11:01 PM

There was no mail today in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day but the post office used the day to unveil a new stamp honoring the civil rights movement.

The new Emancipation Proclamation Forever Stamp -- is meant to represent freedom. This marks 150 years since President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and 50 years since Dr. King's speech at the National Mall in Washington.

"It makes us pause and take a look at what we have accomplished in the past and look to our future to see what we still need to do and still need to work on for our communities, for justice, to really address many of the issues that are facing our communities today," said Thelma White from Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

The Emancipation Proclamation Forever Stamp is the first of three stamps representing the civil rights movement that will be released in 2013.

The others feature Rosa Parks and MLK's march on Washington.
 

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