Norton Applauds USPS for Unveiling Dorothy Height Forever Stamp to Begin Black History Month
Feb 1, 2017 Press Release WASHINGTON, D.C.—
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), who was scheduled to speak at a United States Postal Service ceremony today dedicating a Dorothy Height Forever stamp, said that the stamp was an honor due to the most influential female leader of the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement. Urgent business in the Congress kept Norton from attending. In 2010, Norton’s bill to rename the historic Post Office at 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE was passed by the House and Senate. That historic building is a part of the Smithsonian and houses the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, the repository of the postal history of our country visited by millions of Americans every year. Norton attended the signing of the bill by President Obama at a ceremony at the White House. Norton participated in the dedication of the Dorothy I. Height Post Office in 2011.
“Dorothy Height was known as the godmother of the Civil Rights Movement for her deep influence on the movement that resulted in the three landmark civil rights laws,” Norton said. She was my friend and mentor, but she also mentored countless women who saw her as a role model and found her as friendly as she was dignified. Dorothy also was a vital bridge between the feminist and civil rights movements. The Dorothy Height Forever stamp is a particularly fitting way to begin Black History Month today.”