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Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 09/ 9/2010

Post office honor for Dorothy Height?

By Washington Post editors

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) is expected Thursday to announce a plan to name a post office after civil rights pioneer Dorothy Height, who died earlier this year at the age of 98.

Norton wants the post office on 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, near Union Station, renamed the “Dorothy I. Height Post Office Building.” She plans to introduce a bill next week when Congress reconvenes.

“Dr. Height’s immensely impactful life has been recognized with virtually every significant national honor, from the NAACP Spingarn Medal to the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the Congressional Gold Medal,” Norton said in a prepared statement. “It is time to put Dr. Height’s name on a significant building in the nation’s capital.

Norton's announcement comes the same week of the annual Black Family Reunion, which Height organized to celebrate African American family values on the National Mall and elsewhere throughout the United States.

Height was a founding matriarch of the American civil rights movement whose crusade for racial justice and gender equality spanned more than six decades.

View a photo gallery of Dorothy Height's life.

By Washington Post editors  | September 9, 2010; 10:50 AM ET
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