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Thursday, 20 February 2020

International Statesmen

International Statesmen


On April 5 2018, An Post will commemorate Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela under the title of International Statesmen.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968) is best known as an activist and humanitarian, who greatly advanced the cause of African-American civil rights.

King graduated from high school and college, working as a Baptist minister before helping to organise the ‘March on Washington’ in 1963. It was here that he delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in front of an incredible 250,000 demonstrators.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. Nelson Mandela (1918–2013) was South Africa's first black president and was the son of an African Chief and studied law to become one of South Africa's first black lawyers.

He was arrested in 1962 and sentenced to life imprisonment for high treason and conspiracy against the state. Nelson Mandela was released in 1982 and served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 when his government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through reconciliation. He was awarded the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, which he shared with the man who had released him, President Frederik Willem de Klerk.

These stamps are designed by Dublin-based design studio Aad and the stamps feature photographs of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the March on Washington, August 1963 (© Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis/Getty Images) and Nelson Mandela at Soweto, September 1990 (© Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images).