John Lewis honored with a U.S. Postal Service stamp

The U.S. Postal Service introduced on Tuesday a stamp honoring John Lewis, the civil rights leader, congressman, and former president of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. 

 Mr. Lewis led the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge that became known as “Bloody Sunday†after Alabama State Troopers attacked peaceful marchers, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  

Lewis fought against segregation and was arrested more than 60 times. 

He was the youngest speaker at the March on Washington, which newspapers ignored because editors believed Blacks would riot and that that would be the story, as though the march itself was not worthy of being covered.

The March on Washington was a massive protest march that occurred in August 1963, when some 250,000 people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

He spent more than 30 years in Congress before he died at age 80 in 2020.

Lewis’s postage stamp will be issued next year.