Mississippi Civil Rights figures to appear on stamps

Evers and Hamer
Evers and Hamer

Mississippi civil rights figures Medgar Evers and Fannie Lou Hamer will be featured on U.S. postage stamps early in 2009.

The U.S. Postal Service also will mark the 200th anniversary of writer Edgar Allen Poe with a 42-cent stamp.

Other new postage announced included commemorative stamps marking Alaska and Oregon statehood, lunar new year - the year of the Ox - and a postal card marking the bicentennial of Miami University of Ohio.

Evers was an NAACP official in Mississippi until his assassination in 1963. Hamer fought for black voting rights in Mississippi. She died in 1977.

Evers and Hamer are part of a set of stamps honoring a dozen civil rights leaders, which will go on sale Feb. 12 with ceremonies in New York.

Others are:

- Mary Church Terrell, 1863-1954, advocate for racial justice

and women's rights in America and abroad.

- Mary White Ovington, 1865-1951, journalist and social worker,

a founder of the National Association for the Advancement of

Colored People.

- J.R. Clifford, 1848-1933, the first black attorney licensed in

West Virginia; attacked racial discrimination in education.

- Joel Elias Spingarn, 1875-1939, endowed the Spingarn Medal,

awarded annually since 1915, to highlight black achievement.

- Oswald Garrison Villard, 1872-1949, one of the founders of the

NAACP and wrote the "Call" leading to its formation.

- Daisy Gatson Bates, 1914-1999, mentored nine black students

who enrolled at all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.,

in 1957.

- Charles Hamilton Houston, 1895-1950, lawyer and educator and a

main architect of the civil rights movement.

- Walter White, 1893-1955, a leader of the NAACP who made daring

undercover investigations.

- Ella Baker, 1903-1986, a skillful organizer who encouraged

women and young people to assume positions of leadership in the

civil rights movement.

- Ruby Hurley, 1909-1980, NAACP officials who did difficult,

dangerous work in the South.

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