Celebrate The Century: The 1960s “I Have a Dream”

portrait of Martin Luther King in front of the Reflecting Pool and the Washington Monument

Artist: Keith Birdsong
Art director: Carl T. Herrman
First day of issue: September 17, 1999

Oil on board

A trace of brightness on the horizon represents hope in this painting to commemorate Martin Luther King and his immortal 1963 speech. This stamp also includes one authentic but easily overlooked detail: King is wearing the official badge of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Art of the Stamp