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Posted at 4:15 PM ET, 02/22/2011

Height honored with celebration of post office renaming

By Nikita R Stewart

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.

By Nikita R Stewart  | February 22, 2011; 4:15 PM ET
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Vincent C. Gray, vincent gray  | Tags:  Dorothy Height, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, post office  
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Comments

I'm all for naming a facility or bridge or park or something in memory of Ms. Height. But why a PO? Did she have some special connection to the PS? It just doesn't make sense to me unless she worked for the service or had some other special relationship, which the article doesn't mention.

And Ms. Stewart, I believe the correct terminology is that Ms. Height was memorialized, as she is deceased. We honor the living. :-)

Posted by: PorthosAD | February 22, 2011 8:00 PM | Report abuse

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