2009-02-27 / Community

FRHS Hosts Civil Rights Pioneers Stamp Dedication

By Miriam Rosenberg

At left: Prior to unveiling the stamp, Rockaway Postmaster Dermot Tuohy, left, is joined by Congressman Gregory Meeks. Tuohy told students, teachers and guests, "It [the stamp] gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the people who came before." At left: Prior to unveiling the stamp, Rockaway Postmaster Dermot Tuohy, left, is joined by Congressman Gregory Meeks. Tuohy told students, teachers and guests, "It [the stamp] gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the people who came before." The United States Postal Service unveiled a set of six new stamps honoring 12 African- American civil rights leaders during a ceremony this past Monday at Far Rockaway High School.

During the February 23 event students, silhouetted behind a screen, presented "Images From Our Past," as they assumed the identities of the honorees while reading brief biographies of them.

The stamps feature two honorees on each one. Those saluted by the USPS are 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 attending the ceremony were Congressman Gregory Meeks; Rockaway Postmaster Dermot Tuohy; FRHS principal, Denise Hallett; USPS triboro district manager and executive in charge, Vito J. Cetta; Councilman James Sanders Jr.; and president of the Rockaway NAACP, Ed Williams.

Councilman James Sanders Jr.; Rockaway Postmaster Dermot Tuohy; Congressman Gregory Meeks; FRHS principal, Denise Hallett; and Vito J. Cetta, the USPS triboro district manager and executive in charge applaud after the new stamp is unveiled. Councilman James Sanders Jr.; Rockaway Postmaster Dermot Tuohy; Congressman Gregory Meeks; FRHS principal, Denise Hallett; and Vito J. Cetta, the USPS triboro district manager and executive in charge applaud after the new stamp is unveiled. Using the photos from the stamps, students of FRHS made this quilt for the ceremony. Using the photos from the stamps, students of FRHS made this quilt for the ceremony. Far Rockaway High School students presented "Images From Our Past." As they were silhouetted behind a screen, they read biographies of the 12 African- American pioneers honored on the new stamps. Far Rockaway High School students presented "Images From Our Past." As they were silhouetted behind a screen, they read biographies of the 12 African- American pioneers honored on the new stamps.

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