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Finally Honoring the Height of Civil Rights

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

Dorothy Height was a major figure in the U-S civil rights movement, fighting for racial
and gender equality for nearly 70 years.

"She did participate in every major civil rights effort in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s."
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says stamp collector Warachal Faisan. But Height's activism goes back much further, to
Harlem in the 1930s and then the Y-W-C-A. She met with Eleanor Roosevelt, and Presidents
from Eisenhower. By the 1950's, she was working with the major MALE figures of the civil
rights movement.

"She was the only woman to take part in the planning of the 1963 March on Washington."
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Height gave up her chance to speak at the March so that a representative of the youth
could be heard — John Lewis, now a congressman.

But Faisan, the social media director of ESPER, the organization for the study of
African-Americans on stamps, says Height is not a household name for another reason:
the movement was not kind to women.

"As a woman, sometimes both literally and figuratively, she's been cropped out of those
historic images." RUNS :07

Height went on to be a co-founder of the National Women's Political Caucus… and recipient
of the nation's two highest civilian honors.  She died in 2010 at the age of 98.

I’m Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting,
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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