August 23, 2013
The 1963 March on Washington Stamp

The 1963 March on Washington Stamp

Postal Service Unveils Anniversary Stamp

WASHINGTON — To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a new Forever stamp at the Newseum on Aug. 23. The stamp completes a series of three that honor the struggle for civil rights in the United States.

The unveiling follows a first-of-its-kind social media campaign by the USPS that asked the public to "take a stand for equality" and add their Facebook profile photos to a mosaic of the stamp design.

Actress Gabrielle Union was on hand to add the final photo and unveil the stamp design. The latest stamp is an impressionistic depiction of a diverse group of protesters bearing signs calling for equal rights and jobs with the Washington Monument in the background.

The program, hosted by U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr., featured Rep. John Lewis and deputy postmaster general Ronald Stroman, who jointly dedicated the stamp. In 1963, Lewis was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and an organizer of the march.

"This stamp will remind us of the distance we've come, the distance we've traveled, and the distance we must still go before we lay down the burden of race and class and color, and create one America where no one is left out or left behind," Lewis said.

The Newseum observes the 50th anniversary celebrations with two new exhibits focusing on the civil rights movement. "Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement" explores the triumphs and challenges of young civil rights leaders in the 1960s, including Rep. Lewis.

"Civil Rights at 50" is a changing three-year exhibit that explores the formative moments of the movement, such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington, through the newspaper and magazine coverage of the era.

The stamp serves as an enduring symbol of the fight for equality and justice.

"It is a powerful image. When you look at it, you can't help but think of the debt that Americans owe those marchers," Stroman said.

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