Congresswoman Nikema Williams Leads 186 Colleagues in Honoring Congressman John Lewis

Nov 12, 2021

ATLANTA – On Wednesday, Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) joined with Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) in leading 186 members of Congress in a letter to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee requesting the issuance of a stamp commemorating the life and legacy of Congressman John Lewis. Among the signers are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Katherine M. Clark, and Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem S. Jeffries. 

Requesting that the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee issue a stamp is the first step in securing commemorative stamps. The Committee will then review the submission and determine if the submission warrants discussion at the Committee’s next quarterly meeting. 

“Congressman Lewis was my friend, mentor, and predecessor, and every day in Congress I am building on his legacy,” said Congresswoman Williams. “The sacrifices Congressman Lewis made paved the way for me to serve Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District. Being the face of a commemorative stamp is one of the highest honors in the country, and I can think of no one more deserving than Congressman Lewis.”

“John Lewis was my personal hero and a dear friend,” said Congresswoman Lawrence. “He taught me, and the rest of the world, that change doesn’t happen overnight—it takes a lifetime of good trouble. With unwavering courage and determination, John fought for civil rights, voting rights, and an America where every single person should be treated with dignity and respect. His legacy continues to be a guiding light and the ‘Conscience of the Congress.’ It’s my privilege to join Reps. Williams and Wasserman Schultz in leading over 180 of my House colleagues in urging the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee to recognize the towering achievements and work of John, an American hero, with a postal stamp. It’s a small way to honor his enduring legacy.”

“The heroism of John Lewis brought America closer to the ‘more perfect union’ for which he fought,” said Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz. “Honoring the Good Trouble that he risked and devoted his life to is something every American should see, share and commemorate. A stamp in his honor does just that.”   

The letter to B.J. Bueno, chair of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, reads in part: 

“Congressman John Lewis was a hero, humanitarian, visionary leader, and a change agent who dedicated his life to civil service and voting rights. Committed to liberty and justice for all, Congressman Lewis worked tirelessly to build and protect the “Beloved Community,” contributing decades of blood, sweat, and tears to ensure that future generations could exercise rights for which he repeatedly risked his life. In memory of his service, we request that you recommend that a commemorative postal stamp be issued in his honor.”

Click here to read the letter to B.J. Bueno, chair of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee.




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