U.S. Postal Service to Launch new 1963 March on Washington Forever Stamp at the Newseum
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the U.S. Postal Service will unveil a limited-edition commemorative stamp at a special program held at the Newseum on Aug. 23.
The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the New York Times–Ochs-Sulzberger Family Great Hall of News on Level 1. The stamp will go on sale the same day.
Visitors who want to attend the event must check in at a table located in front of the Newseum beginning at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
In the true spirit of participation that surrounded the historic march, the Postal Service for the first time invites the public to help digitally unveil the new stamp and become a part of a virtual stamp mosaic. Individuals can pledge to "take a stand for equality" and add their Facebook or Twitter profile photo to the March on Washington Stamp Mosaic on the U.S. Postal Service Stamps Facebook page. Each photo unveils a small piece of the stamp artwork. As more people participate, the artwork will gradually be uncovered until the full stamp is revealed on Aug. 23.
The Newseum's newest exhibits on the civil rights movement, "Make Some Noise" and "1963: Civil Rights at 50," explore the new generation of student leaders in the early 1960s who fought segregation and the watershed moments of the movement from 1963, including the historic March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial.