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Gabrielle Union unveiling limited-edition stamp commemorating March on Washington

Photo Credit: United States Postal Service: Commemorative 50th Anniversary March on Washington Stamp Photo Credit: United States Postal Service: Commemorative 50th Anniversary March on Washington Stamp

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August 28 marks the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in U.S. history.

Actress and women's rights activist, Gabrielle Union, will be onsite at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on August 23 to help celebrate the anniversary and unveil a new, limited-edition 1963 March on Washington stamp.

For the first time, the full 1963 March on Washington stamp artwork will be simultaneously unveiled online via Facebook and on-site at the first-day-of-issue ceremony. Since the march assembled thousands from across the country, the U.S. Postal Service did the same, and invited Americans to take part in the 50th anniversary celebration. Fans on Facebook and Twitter pledged to "take a stand for equality" and added their profile photo to the virtual March on Washington Stamp Mosaic on the U.S. Postal Service Facebook page.

The stamp was designed under the art direction of Antonio Alcalá and painted by stamp artist Gregory Manchess. The 1963 March on Washington stamp depicts marchers against the background of the Washington Monument. The marchers are holding placards calling for equal rights and jobs for all, which were two principal themes of the march. Using broad strokes and painting in oil on gessoed illustration board, Manchess conveys an impressionistic effect of the historic occasion.                                                         

The 1963 March on Washington stamp is the last of three stamps issued in 2013 in a civil rights set. The first in the set commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the second commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rosa Parks.

For additional information on the 1963 March on Washington Stamp, visit Facebook.com/USPSStamps or follow the conversation online with the hashtag #MyMarch. The new stamp will be available on August 23 via usps.com/stamps and at Post Offices nationwide in the following weeks. 

Source: United States Postal Service

 

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