03 Mar Campaign to Support John Lewis on a U.S. Postal Stamp
For Immediate Release
March 4, 2022
Contact: Ian Heisser
Campaign to Support John Lewis on a U.S. Postal Stamp
The National Sigma Beta Club Foundation (NSBCF) is extremely honored to introduce a campaign to have the likeness of Honorable John Robert Lewis honorably placed on a U.S. postage stamp.
Let us not forget the struggles and the sacrifices of so many brave foot soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement. It was the courageous act of John Lewis on March 7, 1965, in leading about 600 marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. The attack on them with billy clubs and tear gas drove them back into Selma. This incident left John Lewis beaten, bloodied, and with a cracked skull. It was just one such incident, over a decade-long battle for racial parity, that began in an intense Jim Crow-era South, in which John Lewis endangered his life advocating for freedom.
Congressman John Lewis was very active during the Civil Rights Movement. He dedicated his life to giving a voice to the marginalized and mistreated. “When you see something that is not right, not just, not fair, you have a moral obligation to say something. To do something.” – words he spoke in December 2019 from the U.S. House Floor. Congressman Lewis also believed, “Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”
Recognized for his achievement and commitment to Civil Rights, President Barack Obama awarded U.S. Congressman Lewis the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 2011. Through his tireless efforts fighting for the rights and freedom of others, he has exemplified the type of leader we dream our Sigma Betas will become.
The NSBCF is recommending that the United States Postal Service issue a stamp in 2023 commemorating U.S. Congressman John Robert Lewis, his life, his work, and his legacy. With 2023 marking the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington, this would be a great honor to recognize and acknowledge the Congressman whose message that day had a profound impact on the fight for racial justice and equality. We have reviewed the criteria for commemoration on a U.S. stamp and passionately believe no one is more deserving of this recognition. We ask all to join us in writing to the Postmaster General of the United States to honor U.S. Congressman John Robert Lewis in this prestigious way.
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We need your support! The more letters we send to the Postmaster General of the United States, the better chance we have of making our dream a reality. Please consider downloading the document that best reflects who you are in relation to the National Sigma Beta Club Foundation. We ask that you print, sign, and send the letter to the U.S. Postmaster General at:
USPS Board of Governors
ATTN: Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260-3501
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