Los Angeles Leaders Push for Postage Stamp Honoring Muhammad Ali

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - MARCH 10, 1979: Muhammad Ali signs autographs for fans at the San Antonio International Airport. (Credit: Shutterstock)

It’s time to get the champ on a postage stamp. That’s the message from Los Angeles leaders who this week passed a city council resolution urging the United States Postal Service to honor Muhammad Ali with a postage stamp.

L.A. is the latest city to get behind the national #GetTheChampAStamp campaign.

City Councilman Kevin de León, who introduced the legislation in L.A. supporting the stamp, held a news conference Friday to voice his support for the movement. He was joined by community leaders, along with reps from the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Muhammad Ali Center.

“Muhammad Ali remains one of the most known and respected public figures in the world. He may be remembered as boxing’s greatest legend, but his contributions transcended the sport,” de León said in a press release. “Having been stripped of his boxing titles and condemned by the American media after refusing to be drafted into the military for being a conscientious objector, he became a booming voice for peace and civil rights.”

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Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., the boxing great was originally from Louisville, Kentucky, and lived in Los Angeles in the 1980s.

In June, the Muhammad Ali Center and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced a public awareness campaign for the boxing legend to appear on a postage stamp. The announcement came on the six-year anniversary of Ali’s death and on the first day of the Center’s annual Ali Festival, a weeklong celebration of his legacy.

Ali was famously known for saying, “I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.”

Per the USPS, it honors those with “extraordinary and enduring individual contributions to American society, history, and culture, or environment” and who have achieved “widespread national appeal or significance.”

The process can take several years.