Thursday, November 7, 2013
The United States Postal Service and the Goose Creek chapter of the NAACP unveiled a new stamp commemorating the March on Washington last week in Goose Creek.
This year is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leading hundreds of thousands of protestors to the Lincoln Memorial. It was there that he delivered his famed “I have a dream” speech.
“We would not be where we are as a country, state, county or town if it weren’t for that march,” said Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler ast last week’s ceremony. “We’re better than we’ve ever been and I look forward to a bright, progressive future.”
U.S. Postal Service Communications Director for the Greater South Carolina District Harry Spratlin spoke to the gathering about problems that inspired the movement and the stamp that commemorates it.
“The color of someone’s skin is just a minor detail about them, but in politics it was a giant issue and still is today,” he said. “My Post Office colleagues and I are so proud to share this with you.”
Local students took part in the ceremony, hosted by Orangeburg NAACP President Barbara Williams.
Fifth grader Tristen Daniels delivered the invocation before fellow fifth grader T’Auna Prioleau performed the monologue “I am Coretta Scott King.”
Goose Creek High School senior Silas Adams delivered a recreation of the “I have a dream” speech.
Trident Urban League President and CEO Otha H. Meadows said that progress for the community relies with the children.
“The key to upward mobility in our society is education,” he said. “The March on Washington taught us two things: Lord knows we’ve made a lot of progress and Lord Knows we have a long way to go.”