Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Height to Be Honored on 2017 U.S. Postage Stamp

Dorothy Height U.S. postal stamp, 2017.

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The U.S. Postal Service just announced civil rights leader Dorothy Height will be honored as the 40th stamp in the Black Heritage Forever series. The painting of Height is based on based on a 2009 photograph shot by Lateef Mangum. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

Height was a tireless activist who dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality. She lived a remarkable life that was in service to her community but African-American women in particular. Although she rarely gained the recognition granted her male contemporaries, she became one of the most influential civil rights leaders of the 20th century. She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994.

In 1990, Height, along with 15 other African Americans, formed the African-American Women for Reproductive Freedom. She served as national president of Delta Sigma Theta sorority from 1947 to 1956; was the chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; and an honored guest at the inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009, where she was seated on stage.

Height is the 15th African American woman to appear in the series. The stamp will be available in 2017.

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GBN Quote Of The Day

“Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It’s important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It’s the way in which we grow and develop.”

— Dr. Dorothy Height, Former Head of The National Council  Of Negro Women

Dr. Dorothy Height’s Life To Be Celebrated During The National Black Family Reunion

The late leader of one of America’s noted Black women’s organizations will be celebrated during an event that highlights the strength and value of the African-American family.

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Dorothy Height, the former chair and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) who died on April 20, will be the focus of the 25th annual National Black Family Reunion Celebration on Sat., Sept. 11 on the National Mall. The Black Family Reunion is the signature program of the NCNW — which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.  “We are planning to have a huge mega-festival that will feature a special tribute to Dr. Height,” Avis A. Jones-DeWeever, the executive director of the NCNW, said.

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