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USPS Unveils New Stamp Featuring A Latino

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USPS will now stamp and deliver mail in honor of renowned East LA teacher, Jaime Escalante. (Sorry, we couldn’t help it!)

Wednesday, the USPS followed suit, honoring him with the unveiling of his very own commemorative stamp. The First-Class Forever stamp debuted at the 87th conference of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in Washington, D.C.

Jaime Escalante began teaching in Bolivia before coming to the U.S. in 1963. Instead of declaring inner city and at-risk students lost causes like some teachers, he made it his life mission to teach them math and ensure they excelled. Edward James Olmos brought has character and story to life in the 1988 classic film, “Stand And Deliver.” As you may know from watching the film, students responded incredibly well, many even went on to study calculus and college – something that didn’t seem obtainable before Escalante.

The U.S. Postal Service dedicated a Limited Edition Forever Stamp to Jaime Escalante, the East Los Angeles high school math teacher immortalized in the 1988 film "Stand and Deliver," in a ceremony. Actor Edward James Olmos was among those who spoke at the ceremony at a Washington hotel. http://4.nbcla.com/MSUSgnR

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A ceremony took place at Garfield High School to unveil the special edition stamp.  Edward James Olmos delivered an inspirational speech, “I don’t know one president, one pope, one engineer, one sports giant, one astronaut, that could have done it without a teacher. If it wasn’t for teachers, none of us would be where we are today.”

Jaime Escalante Jr. also gave a poignant speech and hugged fans of his father.

Even U.S. Education Secretary John B. King, Jr. attended the event, “I am here today and I am alive today because teachers like Jaime Escalante believed in me. His students had a different sense of what was possible for them because they had a teacher who believed in them. This is a wonderful remembrance of him.”

Jamie Escalante died in 2010, but will continue to be remembered as one of the most inspirational Americans in history.

Escalante is the second Latino to be honored in the ‘Distinguished American’ series of stamps honoring great Americans. José Ferrer was the first.

We leave you with one of el profesor’s iconic quotes:

“There will be no free rides, no excuses. You already have two strikes against you: your name and your complexion. Because of those two strikes, there are some people in this world who will assume that you know less than you do. Math is the great equalizer… When you go for a job, the person giving you that job will not want to hear your problems; ergo, neither do I. You’re going to work harder here than you’ve ever worked anywhere else. And the only thing I ask from you is ganas. Desire.”

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Carmelo Anthony Remembers Marching In Baltimore After Freddie Gray

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Carmelo Anthony Remembers Marching In Baltimore After Freddie Gray

“There’s good police and there’s fucked up police. That’s just the way it is.”

After the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore, Maryland was in turmoil. There were riots, protests and a whole city was grieving the loss of a young man at the hands of police. One of those grieving and upset members of the Baltimore community was basketball player Carmelo Anthony. The New York Knicks star, who grew up in Baltimore, knew that he had to respond and use his presence to enact change.

“The Freddie Gray thing, it touched me because it happened a couple blocks away from me,” Anthony told VICE Sports. “We used to go up there, ride our bikes up there. I mean, I know these kids.”

In response to the death of Gray, Anthony went back to Baltimore and marched. He marched side by side with others in Baltimore who were demanding change in police brutality and justice for the death of Gray. According to Anthony, Baltimore, a lost and forgotten city, was waiting for that. They were waiting for it because “is happens so often” in the country that it was only a matter of time that police brutality would cost a black life in Baltimore.

Now, Anthony does not think that all police officers are bad. Instead, he acknowledges that there are good and bad police but it just takes that “1 out of 5” to create an environment of hostility and anger toward police.

The death was personal for Anthony, an Afro-Latino who could very well have found himself in that same situation.

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