medgar_evers.jpgWASHINGTON (AP) _ The U.S. Postal Service last week announced a set of stamps honoring a dozen civil rights leaders. The stamps will go on sale Feb. 12, during Black History Month, with ceremonies in New York. Included in that set 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.

_ Medgar Evers, 1925-1963, NAACP official in Mississippi until his assassination in 1963.

_ Fannie Lou Hamer, 1917-1977, a Mississippi sharecropper who fought for black voting rights.

_ 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 official who did difficult, dangerous work in the South.


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