Goose Creek celebrates Black History Month
2 Civil Rights Stamps to be unveiled Feb. 25
To celebrate Black History Month the Goose Creek NAACP Branch and U.S. Postal Service have partnered to unveil two of three stamps in the Civil Rights set celebrating freedom, courage, and equality being issued in 2013.
The U.S. Postage Stamp Honoring Rosa Parks on her 100th Birthday will be unveiled along with a stamp commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The program will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 at the Berkeley Electric Co-Op Building located at 2 Springhall Drive in Goose Creek.
Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler and Michael Allen, National Park Service Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Coordinator, will be among the event’s speakers.
Black History Month is the successor to Negro History Week which was initiated on Feb. 12, 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a pre-eminent historian.
Woodson was concerned that the contributions of Black Americans were overlooked or misrepresented. He selected February because it included the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and Frederick Douglas (Feb. 14) whom he believed had dramatically impacted the lives of Black Americans.
In 1976, Woodson's legacy, now renamed the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, successfully lobbied to extend Black History Week into a month-long observance.
For more information contact John Matthews, Black History Committee Chairman, at 442-1319.