WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 21, 2023) – Today, Congressman Morgan McGarvey (KY-03) and Congressman Gregory Meeks (NY-05) led their Congressional colleagues in sending a letter to the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee calling for the creation of a Muhammad Ali postage stamp. The letter highlights Muhammad Ali’s accomplishments both inside and out of the boxing ring and recognizes his contributions to justice and progress in the United States.
“Muhammad Ali is an inspiration to generations of Louisvillians and Americans,” said Rep. McGarvey. “I’m proud to honor his legacy and work alongside my colleagues to have his image on a postage stamp. From his accomplishments in the boxing ring to his global humanitarian work, Muhammad Ali’s steadfast commitment to advancing civil and human rights makes him more than deserving of this recognition. It’s high time we get the champ a stamp.”
“Muhammad Ali’s life journey was an embodiment of courage, conviction, and determination,” said Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (NY-05). “A postage stamp honoring his remarkable legacy would immortalize a man who fought not only opponents in the ring but also the injustices of his time. Let us unite in recognizing the unparalleled contributions of Muhammad Ali, a true champion for civil rights, peace, and equality. Through a stamp, we can send his message of inspiration to every corner of the world, ensuring that his spirit continues to ignite hearts and minds for generations to come. In the great words of Mr. Ali himself, ‘I should be a postage stamp, because that’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.’”
“During his lifetime, my husband was one of the most recognized and beloved individuals on the planet,” said Muhammad’s wife, Lonnie Ali. “As an athlete, social justice activist, and humanitarian, he touched people on a personal basis, and inspired literally millions to do better, and to be better. Muhammad was always humbled by all the attention, and he would be humbled today to know that so many people and organizations around the country are supportive of having his image appear on a U.S. Postal Service stamp. I am especially appreciative for Congressman McGarvey’s support, as Muhammad was always proud to hail from Louisville, Kentucky.”