The United States Postal Service marked the beginning of Black History Month with a Forever stamp honoring civil rights icon Rosa Parks. At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 the Postal Service will hold its Annual Black History Month Stamp Dedication at Mount Vernon City Hall to unveil the Rosa Parks stamp.
Mrs. Parks, 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 combatting 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.
During the dedication the stamp will be unveiled and made available for purchase. The stamp can also be purchased at Mount Vernon Post Offices, usps.com/stamps, and by phone at 800STAMP24 (800.782.6724).
For more information, please contact USPS Retail Mgr. @ (914) 697-5498
After receiving requests from local students, the Mount Vernon Community That Cares coalition through the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, agreed to once again host the popular competition that brings together teams from the city’s middle and high schools. Students compete for top honors in awareness of African American contributions and recognition of trailblazers, both past and present.
Funded from a Drug Free Communities Grant and the City of Mount Vernon, the Challenge is used as a vehicle to encourage city youth to abstain from alcohol and drug use. This is the sixth year that the Challenge will highlight contributions people of African descent have made to the world, the nation and local community.
The event is free and open to the public. Food, music, entertainment and informational material will be provided. The quiz show-like competition runs from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Armory.
The Board of Ethics will meet on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the City Council Committee Room.
A special City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. in the City Council Chambers for the purpose of acting upon an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement and accept a pending, reimbursable grant from New York State Department of Labor Neighborhood Emergency Grant (“NEG”) Disaster Relief Grant-Hurriance Sandy, and any other business that may come before the Council.
The City Council will hold a special meeting on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the City Council Chambers for the purpose of acting upon legislation to accept a pending, reimbursable grant from New York State Department of Labor Neighborhood Emergency Grant (“NEG”) Disaster Relief Grant-Hurricane Irene.
The Mayor’s Youth Empowerment Council, a youth led advisory board to the Mayor, City Council and other local elected officials, is accepting membership application. The Council, mwde up of youth vetween the ages of 12 and 18, has a goal of providing children, youth and the youth’s families a voice in the establishment of with various programs and opportunities, giving youth an opportunity to positively influence their community.
Download the application, fill it out online, print and sign. Attach your 250 word essay and submit by March 18, 2013 to the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, attention Makeda James or Dena Williams, 105 Stevens Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York.
The Board of Ethics will meet on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Memorial Room.