The U.S. Dorothy Height commemorative Forever stamp is slated for release on Feb. 1.
The first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place at the Cramton Auditorium at Howard University, in Washington, D.C. The ceremony is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To obtain free tickets, visit the Cramton Auditorium Box Office or reserve by phone at 202-806-7194.
BLACK HERITAGE SERIES
The Height stamp will be the 40th stamp of the Black Heritage series. The series began in 1978 with a stamp honouring abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who guided thousands of enslaved African Americans, to St. Catharines, Ont., in the mid-19th century as part of the Underground Railroad.
A tireless activist who dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality, Height (1912-2010) rarely gained the same recognition granted to her male contemporaries; however, she is considered one of the most influential civil rights leaders of the 20th century.
The stamp features artist Thomas Blackshear II’s gouache and acrylics on board portrait of Height. The painting is based on a 2009 photograph shot by Lateef Mangum. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.