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Make Me Wanna Holler: Exploring DC’s Music Legacy

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Make Me Wanna Holler: Exploring DC’s Music Legacy event information and Marvin Gaye stamp

Celebrate the Marvin Gaye stamp at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum on SATURDAY, APRIL 20th from 3 – 5:30 PM! The US Postal Service just released a new stamp honoring Marvin Gaye—DC native son and international music legend—and we’re having a party!

The U.S. Postal Service will salute the “Prince of Soul,” Marvin Gaye, with a dedication of the Forever stamp honoring the legendary singer beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the National Postal Museum with remarks by representatives of the U.S. Postal Service and the National Postal Museum. Gaye, a Washington, D.C. native, was one of the most influential music performers of his generation. He helped shape the buoyant sound of the Motown record label in the 1960s and broaden the scope of R&B music in the 1970s. The Marvin Gaye Forever stamp is the ninth in the Postal Service’s Music Icons stamp series. Other honorees in the series are Ray Charles, Lydia Mendoza, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, Sarah Vaughan and John Lennon.

After the stamp dedication, dance to Marvin’s tunes and more with DC’s own DJ RBI. Bring your own tote bag or T-shirt to have text screen printed on or take home a paper print by artists from Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center. Break out your moves and join Smooth & EZ Hand Dance Institute, who will take you on a journey across the past and future of DC Hand Dancing. Don’t miss this free event for all ages celebrating a DC music icon, as well as the power of dance, poetry, and music. The Marvin Gaye stamps will be available for purchase at the museum’s stamp store during the event!

From 10 AM – 3 PM, be sure to check out additional events presented at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives (1201 Seventeenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036). All events are produced in conjunction with the Sumner School Museum and Archives’ Monthly Open House Series, Chocolate City Rocks, the Anacostia Community Museum’s A Right to the City exhibition, the National Postal Museum’s celebration of the US Postal Service’s new Marvin Gaye stamp, DC: The Social Power of Music presented by the Smithsonian Folklife Festival @smithsonianfolklife and the Smithsonian Year of Music. The program is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Visit the museum’s event calendar for information on the many fun and educational programs available at the National Postal Museum.