U.S. Postal Service Launches new 1963 March on Washington Forever Stamp at Newseum Ceremony (photos)

Congressman John Lewis Lewis was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and an organizer of the original march.
Jeff Malet
Congressman John Lewis Lewis was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and an organizer of the original march.

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 Aug. 23. The stamp completes a series of three that honor the struggle for civil rights in the United States. 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. Actress Gabrielle Union was on hand and Joe Coleman of the Platters performed.

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