The 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Dr. Dorothy I. Height (1912-2010), an activist and educator who dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality. Dr. Height was honored in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 with a celebration at the Civil and Human Rights Museum.
The event was hosted by The National Council of Negro Women (Greater Atlanta Section), Delta Sigma Theta Society Inc. (Atlanta Alumnae Chapter), National Center of Civil and Human Rights and the YWCA of Greater Atlanta.
The two-hour event was full of reflections on the life of Dr. Dorothy I. Height and how her impact and tireless work to civil rights, voting rights and human rights began as a young woman and how she became a consultant to several Presidents of the United States.
The celebration was highlighted with dignitaries who gave remarks such as Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta, Ingrid Saunders-Jones- National Chair of the National Council for Negro Women, Shirley Franklin-Former Mayor of Atlanta and currently the Board Chair for the Center for Civil & Human Rights, Sharmen Gowens, CEO of YWCA Greater Atlanta and Ann Stallard, Former President of the YWCA USA.
These were just a few who made remarks, but the highlight of the event was the unveiling of the Dr. Dorothy I. Height Stamp. It was covered with a silk cloth that boldly stated the letters USPS (United States Postal Service). Mr. Omar Coleman, Atlanta Post Master and the dignitaries (mentioned above) along with Mrs. Diane Larche’, President of the National Council of Negro Women (Greater Atlanta Section) went on stage and Mr. Omar Coleman had the privilege of pulling off the cloth and the stamp of Dr. Height was finally revealed.
The picture of Dr. Height was regal as she wore her favorite color purple in a hat and suit with a dainty display of string white pearls around her neck that became an icon and dress code.
The event ended with a reception and light refreshments.