The elegant and erudite Dorothy Height prior to her death at 98. /Photo courtesy Zimbio
The elegant and erudite Dorothy Height prior to her death at 98. /Photo courtesy Zimbio

Dorothy Irene Height, longtime president of the National Council of Negro Women and the leading female voice of the 1960s’ civil rights movement, will soon be honored on a U.S. postage stamp.

Height, who spent her life fighting for racial and gender equality, will be honored in 2017 on the 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series. The national president of Delta Sigma Theta sorority from 1947 to 1956, will be the 15th African-American woman to be featured in the series.

The stamp, designed by art director Derry Noyes, features artist Thomas Blackshear II’s gouache and acrylics on a board portrait of Height.

The US Postal Service’s Black Heritage stamp series began in 1978 with a stamp honoring Harriet Tubman and has paid tribute to African-American leaders, inventors, educators, scientists, entrepreneurs, entertainers and athletes.

Past honorees include: Alvin Ailey, James Baldwin, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman and Malcolm X.

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