Washington, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) plans to introduce a bill renaming the U.S. Post Office located at 2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E., near the U.S. Capitol in honor of late civil rights icon Dorothy Height.

Norton plans to submit her bill when lawmakers reconvene next week from their summer break.

“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 statement. “It is time to put Dr. Height’s name on a significant building in the nation’s capital.” The post office was once the main post office for the city. Norton said that Height had often conveyed to her how pleased she was to have become a District resident. “We will be pleased to have our landmark post office building named for this great American woman,” Norton said of the proposed naming after Height, the landmark post office located less than 200 yards from the western front of the Capitol.

Height, who died earlier this year at age 98, was president emeritus of the National Council of Negro Women and dedicated her life to championing issues that impacted the entire Black community.

According to Norton, her announcement was timed to coincide with this year’s Black Family Reunion, which will be held in Washington, D.C. on the weekend of Sept. 11. The annual event, held on the National Mall, was organized by Height to celebrate African-American family values across the country.

 

DorothyRowley

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