Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 10:00am
During last month’s meeting of the Jefferson County Historical Society, Jefferson County Commissioner Johnny Davis and Meagan Clark, a sales service associate with the post office, unveiled the Postal Service’s Black History Stamp for 2017.
Louisville Postmaster Joanne Brinson said the USPS began its Black Heritage Stamp collections with Harriet Tubman. This year is the 40th such stamp and is a picture of Dorothy Height who lived from 1912 to 2010.
She is described on the USPS website as a tireless activist who dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality.
“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 site states.
Brinson said Height received the Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Height started the National Council of Negro Women and worked for the YWCA for 40 years. She helped form the National Women’s Political Caucus.
This stamp was issued as one of the postal service’s forever stamps.