Actress Gabrielle Union was on hand Friday morning as the U.S. Postal Service unveiled its Forever Stamp to honor the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
The “Think Like a Man” actress was at the Newseum Friday morning along with Congressman John Lewis (who spoke at the 1963 March on Washington) and Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman to dedicate the stamp.
“I felt proud,” Union said. “Kind of emotional... to be on stage with John Lewis was jarring and you realize how special it is.”
Throughout August, anyone could add their photo to the March on Washington Stamp Mosaic on the USPS Stamps Facebook page. Union added her Twitter profile photo to the mosaic at the ceremony, completing the mosaic.
“It’s one of those things where you’re literally joining together with people from all over the country,” Union said.
The stamp was unveiled on Facebook simultaneously with the ceremony. It is the last of the three-stamp Forever series issues this year to commemorate the fight for civil rights.
The first Forever stamp was issued in January to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the second in February for Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday.
Union said it was humbling being in D.C. while the city is gearing up for a huge March on Washington anniversary celebration.
“It’s an exciting time,” Union said. “It’s cool that people are banding together to commemorate this life-altering event.”
She did emphasize that though there have been many positive changes, the U.S. still struggles to maintain the March’s themes of freedom and equality.
“Even though 50 years have passed, we still understand there’s a lot of work to be done,” Union said.