Dozen civil rights figures to be on postage stamps

A dozen civil rights pioneers take their places of honor on U.S. postage stamps Saturday.

The six 42-cent stamps are being dedicated in New York and are going on sale nationwide.

The stamps honor the achievements of Ella Baker, Daisy Gatson Bates, J.R. Clifford, Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, Charles Hamilton Houston, Ruby Hurley, Mary White Ovington, Joel Elias Spingarn, Mary Church Terrell, Oswald Garrison Villard and Walter White.

Among those dedicating the stamps are Thurgood Marshall Jr., son of the late Supreme Court justice and a member of the Postal Service’s governing board; Medgar Evers’ widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams; NAACP board of directors chairman Julian Bond and Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University and a member of the citizens stamp advisory committee.

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