Dorothy Height To Receive Commemorative, Black Heritage Postage Stamp

November 30, 2016  |  

Two years ago, when the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced that the late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm was being honored with a commemorative postage stamp, I wrote a slideshow detailing the ten other Black women who had received similar recognition. 


Today, I’m happy to announce that the USPS is adding another one of our own to the elite list of Black women who have changed the game. Dorothy Height, a woman who devoted her life to fighting for racial and gender equality is also getting her own Black Heritage commemorative stamp. In addition to the women I mentioned in my slideshow, Height joins the ranks of Amelia Boynton Robinson, Anna Julia Cooper, Sojourner Truth and Maya Angelou.

Height will become the 40th person to be featured on the Black Heritage stamp that will be released in 2017. In addition to fighting for the rights of Blacks and women, Height served as the National President for Delta Sigma Theta Inc., was appointed by President Carter to the Presidential Commission on a National Agenda. And was the president for the National Council of Negro Women for more than 40 years.

In their announcement of Height’s commemorative stamp, the USPS said, “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 art for the stamp was created by Thomas Blackshear II and is based off of a 2009 photograph shot by Lateef Mangum. Art director Derry Noyes designed it.

The Postal Service’s Black Heritage Stamp series began in 1978 when Harriet Tubman was honored. The series pays tribute to African American leaders, inventors, educators, scientists, entrepreneurs, entertainers and athletes.

Image via United States Postal Service

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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