medgar_evers.jpgNEW YORK (AP) _ A U.S. postage stamp with the likeness of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers is being officially released.

Saturday was the so-called “first issuance'' of the Evers stamp, which is going on sale nationwide. A total of a dozen stamps honoring prominent civil rights activists are being issued this year.

Marking the occasion, his widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, and NAACP Chairman Julian Bond were holding a news conference at a Manhattan hotel during the annual meeting of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The organization is also planning to discuss an emergency resolution against a cartoon published earlier this week in the New York Post that many have interpreted as comparing Barack Obama to a chimpanzee shot by police. The Post apologized for the cartoon.

Pictured above is Medgar Evers.