WASHINGTON — Georgia congressman John Lewis and actress Gabrielle Union have joined the U.S. Postal Service in unveiling a stamp commemorating the 1963 March on Washington.
Lewis tells a ceremony at the Newseum, quote, “This stamp, this beautiful stamp, is my hope. It inspires us all to renew our effort to do what we can to create a more perfect union.”
The stamp carries an oil-painted image of marchers carrying placards calling for jobs and equal rights, with the Washington Monument as a backdrop.
Union says she’s participating because her father was serving in the military in 1963 and her mother wasn’t allowed to protest. Union said, “My parents were silenced at a time when they wanted to be demonstrative in their feelings.”
The limited-edition stamp becomes available for purchase Friday.
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