Mt. Vernon, NY
US Postal Service
honors Rosa Parks with Forever Stamp at Mt.
Vernon City Hall
The United States Postal Service marked the
beginning of Black History Month with a Forever
Stamp honoring civil rights icon Rosa Parks. On
Wednesday, February 27, the Postal Service held
its Annual Black History Month Stamp Dedication
at Mount Vernon City Hall to unveil the Rosa
Opening remarks came from Mount Vernon’s
Postmaster, Pat Mazzone, and Pastor Edward A.
Mulraine provided the Invocation.
The City Hall Council Chambers was packed to
capacity and the audience heard from the
Lubrano, USPS District
USPS Marketing District Manager
Norman, VP, Community Based Programs, ANDRUS
Little, President, Mt. Vernon Chapter, NAACP
Edwards, President, Mt. Vernon City Council
a black seamstress whose refusal to relinquish
her seat to a white man on a city bus in
Montgomery, Alabama almost 60 years ago, grew
into a mythic event that helped touch off the
civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s.
For her act of defiance, Mrs. Parks was
arrested in Detroit, convicted of violating the
segregation laws and fined $10, plus $4 in court
fees. In response, blacks in Montgomery
boycotted the buses for nearly 13 months while
mounting a successful Supreme Court challenge to
the Jim Crow law that enforced their
second-class status on the public bus system.
Out of this boycott organized by the
Montgomery Improvement Association, emerged a
young Baptist minister who would take the
forefront in the civil rights movement. The
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would go on
to lead a nonviolent civil rights movement
stirred by the actions of this courageous woman.
He would go on to earn the Nobel Peace Prize and
help shape a national agenda in combating racial
prejudice and racial intolerance.
Rosa Parks, called “the first lady of
civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom
movement,” spent her life supporting civil
rights causes, donating her time and money to
various causes. When she died in 2005, she was
honored by the cities of Montgomery and Detroit
with front seats of their city buses reserved
with black ribbons until her funeral.
Parks was the 31st person, the first
American who had not been a U.S. government
official, and the second private person to have
their body lain in state in the Rotunda of the
U.S. Capitol. She was the first woman and the
second black person to be so honored.
The Postal Service launched the series
Jan. 1 with the Emancipation Proclamation
Forever Stamp, which was issued at The National
Archives in Washington. In August, the series
will culminate with the dedication of a stamp
recognizing the 50th anniversary of the historic
March on Washington.
At the end of the ceremony, participants
enjoyed refreshments and baked goods outside the
Mount Vernon’s Postmaster, Pat Mazzone
Joseph Lubrano, USPS District
Mattie Little, President, Mt. Vernon Chapter,
Mayor Ernest D.