Height honored with celebration of post office renaming
Dorothy Height, the civil rights and women's rights icon who died last year, was honored Tuesday with a celebration marking the renaming of a District post office after her.
The post office, attached to the National Postal Museum and known previously as the National Capital post office, is the first federal building in D.C. to be named for an African American woman, according to officials who spoke at the event.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said the legislation to rename the building "passed through both houses in record time."
She also said that the building is not "any old post office." As part of the Smithsonian, millions of visitors pass it or come through its doors annually, she said.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) told a crowd of mostly women -- many of them part of the National Council of Negro Women and members of Delta Sigma Theta sorority -- that discrimination often forced educated African Americans to seek work at the more tolerant Postal Service.
He also said that the location, just a short walk from the Capitol, was fitting. "Dorothy Height is watching you ... ," he said, referring to Congress.
Nikita R Stewart
| February 22, 2011; 4:15 PM ET
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