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Special events highlight African-American heritage

Delta Sigma Theta sorority members pose with Dorothy Height stamp
Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s alumnae chapter gather for a dedication of the Dorothy Height stamp in Detroit.

The Postal Service held special dedication ceremonies for the Dorothy Height stamp and other observances throughout February to mark African-American History Month.

Height, who died in 2010, advocated for civil rights for most of her life.

Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman dedicated the stamp in Washington, DC, where he praised Height’s work seeking equality for all.

Greater Indiana District Manager Todd Hawkins dedicated the stamp in Indianapolis, where Myla Eldridge, the first African-American to serve as the Marion County Clerk, said Height paved the way for African-American women to take public office in the United States.

Other stamp dedications included Height’s family.

Speaking at a Detroit event, Rev. Daniel Aldridge Jr., Height’s nephew, said: “Everyone loved Aunt Dorothy. I am proud my daughter is here to see her aunt being honored and hear of her enormous contributions to civil rights.”

Employees also created displays to honor African-American history.

At the Dallas Processing and Distribution Center, Data Collection Technician Alzena Cobb used African-American memorabilia to create a “mini museum” to educate her co-workers.

“Every day I come and look at it and I learn something new,” said Dallas In-Plant Support Manager Karen Ware.

Free Union, VA, Postmaster Evette Barton decorated the Post Office lobby with books, photos, apparel and other items from her personal collection, including framed artwork highlighting the Black Heritage stamps.

“We need to learn about events and people who allowed us the freedoms we enjoy today,” said Barton.

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