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March on Washington event stamp to be unveiled in Goose Creek

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The U.S. Postal Service in partnership with the Goose Creek NAACP branch will honor the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom by unveiling a new stamp with a special official Goose Creek The U.S. Postal Service in partnership with the Goose Creek NAACP branch will honor the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom by unveiling a new stamp with a special official Goose Creek
GOOSE CREEK, SC -

Fifty years after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the U.S. Postal Service is commemorating the August 28, 1963, event with a limited-edition Forever® stamp. It marks the anniversary of an important milestone in the civil rights movement, when some 250,000 people joined one another in the hope and belief that change was possible.

The U.S. Postal Service in partnership with the Goose Creek NAACP branch will honor the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom by unveiling a new stamp with a special official Goose Creek postmark. The special postmark will be put on the program of the attendees so attendees will depart with a memorable collector's item.

The stamp carries an oil-painted image of marchers carrying placards calling for jobs and equal rights, with the Washington Monument as a backdrop. The unveiling will occur 7 p.m. Monday October 28, 2013 at the Berkeley Electric Cooperative building located at 2 Springhall Drive, Goose Creek, SC. This event is open to the public.

The Postal Service created the new Forever stamp as part of a three-part set to celebrate the civil rights movement this year. The other two stamps commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation that freed slaves, and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rosa Parks, the African American activist who refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala. bus in 1955.

The 1963 March on Washington was another milestone in the civil rights movement, one that King called "the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation."

Congress and President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act less than one year after the march, desegregating public institutions and prohibiting job discrimination. The following year, the Voting Rights Act became law, providing federal oversight of voting rights in the South.

The stamps honoring Rosa Parks and the stamp marking the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation the other two of three stamps in the civil rights set celebrating freedom, courage, and equality being issued in 2013 were also unveiled in Goose Creek. The stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

David Cakley, president Goose Creek NAACP says, "We are proud to host this historic event in Goose Creek" and encourages the public to partake in celebrating the historic occasion.

Attendees will be able to get the limited-edition stamp on an envelope with a special, for this occasion only official March on Washington postmark. This will surely be a stamp collection item.

Harry Spratlin, U.S. Postal Service District Communications Coordinator for Greater South Carolina District says, "The U.S. Postal Service has commemorated Black Heritage since 1940, when it began issuing stamps to honor distinguished African Americans and related significant events, the first of such notables being educator Booker T. Washington."

For more information contact John Matthews, Unveiling Committee Chairman via phone at 843-442-1319 or goosecreeknaacp@gmail.com.

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