Public invited to Civil Rights stamp unveiling

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The public is invited to attend an unveiling of a special, limited edition postage stamp commemorating America’s Civil Rights movement.

The U.S. Postal Service, in partnership with the Goose Creek NAACP, will honor the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.-inspired March on Washington for by unveiling the stamp at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28 at the Berkeley Electric Co-op building in Goose Creek (2 Springhall Drive).

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 1963 March on Washington was another milestone in the Civil Rights movement, one that Dr. 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.

David Cakley is president of the Goose Creek NAACP.

“We are proud to host this historic event in Goose Creek,” said Cakley, who 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, March on Washington postmark.

According to, U.S. Postal Service District Communications Coordinator for Greater South Carolina District Harry Spratlin, 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.

For more information contact event organizer John Matthews at 843-442-1319 or goosecreeknaacp@gmail.com.

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