Forever Postage Stamp Collection to Honor Civil Rights Icon Dorothy Height

In this February 15, 2007 file photograph, civil rights leader Dorothy Height listens to speakers at an event on legislation calling for a statue of 19th century women's rights activist Sojourner Truth to be placed in the U.S. Capitol. On Tuesday, April 20, 2010, Height died at age 98.  (Photo by Chuck Kennedy/MCT/MCT via Getty Images)
In this February 15, 2007 file photograph, civil rights leader Dorothy Height listens to speakers at an event on legislation calling for a statue of 19th century women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth to be placed in the U.S. Capitol. On Tuesday, April 20, 2010, Height died at age 98. (Photo by Chuck Kennedy/MCT/MCT via Getty Images)

Dorothy Height’s tireless efforts as a civil rights icon will be recognized as a part of the U.S. Postal Service’s 2017 collection of “Forever” stamps.

Known as one of the most influential leaders of the civil rights movement, Height’s vigorous work fighting for racial and gender equality dates back to the 1930s, when she participated in anti-lynching campaigns. Height also helped Dr. Martin Luther King organize his famed March on Washington in 1963.

Height later went on to help launch the National Women’s Political Caucus with Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan and Shirley Chisholm, in addition serving as the chairwoman of the National Council of Negro Women.

“Although she rarely gained the recognition granted her male contemporaries, she became one of the most influential civil rights leaders of the 20th century,” the Postal Service wrote on its site.

Heights commemorative stamp also marks the 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series, making her the 15th black woman to be named in the collection ― joining a prestigious list of women trailblazers including Harriet Tubman, Madame C. J. Walker, Zora Neale Hurston, and Marian Anderson to name a few.

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Source: Black Voices | Brennan Williams