Dorothy Height Featured on New Stamp

Women’s rights icon Dorothy Height will be featured on the 40th stamp in the U.S. Postal Service’s Black Heritage series in 2017.

A peer of Shirley Chisholm, Height fought against the racial and gender inequalities of minorities and women in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. She served as the president of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years.

Height also won the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994, followed by the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., serving as its national president from 1947 to 1956.

Height’s stamp features artwork by Thomas Blackshear II. It’s a board portrait of Height with gouache and acrylics, according to the postal service. She’s wearing a beautiful pearl necklace and earrings and a purple and gold hat.

Height joins a long list of African American leaders featured on the “Forever” stamp, including Harriet Tubman, Alvin Ailey, James Baldwin, Sojourner Truth, Malcolm X, and Maya Angelou. Height passed away in 2010 at the age of 98.

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