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The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a limited-edition 1963 March on Washington stamp, and unveiling the artwork as part of a virtual stamp mosaic based on Twitter and Facebook photos.

Nagisa Manabe (Chief marketing officer, U.S. Postal Service):  With the issuance of the 1963 March on Washington stamp, we want to give people a chance to participate in the unveiling of the historic artwork, given that the participation of hundreds of thousands of people was one reason that the March on Washington was so significant 50 years ago. 

Individuals on Facebook and Twitter have been taking pledges to ‘take a stand for equality’, on the social networks. As they participate, their Facebook or Twitter profile photo is added into the virtual March on Washington Stamp Mosaic.

Fifty years ago, on Aug. 28, 1963, nearly a quarter of a million people came together in Washington, DC, to participate in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was then that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his I Have a Dream speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.

The 1963 March on Washington stamp is the last of three stamps issued this year as part of a civil rights series commemorating courage, strength and equality in America.

[Image courtesy: USPS]