Rep. John Lewis Honored by USPS with New Commemorative Forever Stamp

Rep. John Lewis Honored by USPS with New Commemorative Forever Stamp
  • PublishedJuly 23, 2023

The United States Postal Service has bestowed a special tribute upon the late Rep. John Lewis through the unveiling of a new commemorative Forever stamp in his honor. This heartfelt gesture serves as a fitting recognition of his enduring legacy and contributions to the nation.

At a prestigious event held at Morehouse College, Civil Rights activist and Congressman John Lewis was posthumously revealed as the United States Postal Service’s latest “forever stamp.” The ceremony, graced with notable personalities, was masterfully hosted by actress Alfre Woodard.

Among the distinguished guests were Lawrence Edward Carter Sr., an esteemed activist, John Lewis’s son, John Miles-Lewis, Henry M. Goodgame Jr., the VP of external relations and alumni engagement at Morehouse, Linda Early Chastang, President, and CEO of the John and Lillie Miles-Lewis Foundation, Michael Collins, Chair of the Board of the John and Lillie Miles-Lewis Foundation, Senator Raphael Warnock, renowned author and activist Peggy Wallace Kennedy, and former Atlanta mayors Bill Campbell and Shirley Franklin.

John Lewis’s remarkable legacy was celebrated during the event. He played a significant role in the Nashville Student Movement, stood courageously as one of the original Freedom Riders, and delivered a powerful speech alongside Martin Luther King Jr. at the historic 1963 March on Washington. Throughout his life, Lewis remained a staunch advocate for non-violent protest and dedicated more than three decades of service as a member of the House of Representatives. His moral compass earned him the affectionate title of the “conscience of the Congress” among his colleagues, who held him in high regard.

In a press release issued by the USPS, Michael Collins fondly recalled Congressman John Lewis’s passion for stamp collecting. Collins expressed, “Stamps held special significance for Congressman John Lewis, who took great care to acquire them on their first day of release. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the United States Postal Service for commemorating the congressman with this official Forever stamp, a symbol of his unwavering dedication and indomitable spirit as a genuine American hero. As a cherished civil rights icon, he remains a timeless champion for justice, equality, and human rights.”

You can watch the full ceremony here.

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