Stamp honoring Rosa Parks to be released next month

By Monica Land

DETROIT, Mich. – Just in time for Black History Month, a stamp honoring the mother of civil rights, Rosa Parks, will be unveiled on what would have been her 100th birthday – Feb. 4 in Detroit.

Parks’ refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a bus during the days of segregation in Montgomery, Alabama, spurred a city-wide boycott that lasted about 381 days. Parks stand also introduced a young newcomer, Martin Luther King, Jr., to the fight for civil rights.

Parks once said it was what happened to a Chicago youth, Emmett Till, in Money, Mississippi several months earlier, that contributed to her taking a stand for equal rights.

Because of Parks, the city of Montgomery had no choice but to lift the law requiring segregation on their public buses. Parks received many accolades during her lifetime, including the NAACP’s highest award.

Parks died on Oct. 24, 2005 at the age of 92.

The unveiling ceremonies are reportedly scheduled for Feb. 4 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

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