MLK Day in Liberia

Jan 232009

Yesterday I celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in West Africa. I traveled to New Kru Town, a small Liberian community. During the ride over I listened to excerpts of Dr. King’s speech on a local radio station. Even here, King’s powerful 1963 address inspires and uplifts people in this war-torn nation. Yesterday I celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in West Africa.  I traveled to New Kru Town, a small Liberian community. During the ride over I listened to excerpts of Dr. King’s speech on a local radio station. Even here, King’s powerful 1963 address inspires and uplifts people in this war-torn nation. 

The New Kru Town community opened a new postal window, marking the 29th anniversary of the Pan-African Postal Union. Not a postal office, no money for a building, just a window where residents can send and receive mail.

It was a joyous occasion. The new staff chanted, “rain or shine. The mail must go!” Rebuilding the postal system and linking Liberians to the rest of the world is a priority for the government. Currently, 21 postal windows or offices are operating. And officials say they hope to open an additional 27 more.

This day, they showcased the new President Obama and Vice President Biden stamps. The Obama stamp costs about $1.10.