The stamp features a picture of Dorothy Height, one of the most influential civil and women’s rights leaders of the 20th century.
Height was known for her fight for the rights of African-Americans and women across the country. She was the architect of the famous March on Washington in 1963 and shared the stage with Martin Luther King, Junior as he delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech.
Dr. Bettye Gaines, of the Lawton Chapter of the NAACP, said Dorothy Height is well-deserving of this recognition.
“You don’t just get this honor by doing nothing but sitting down, you get it because you contribute so much to society, to the world and to people of the world. Not just African-American people, but all people,” Gaines said.
Height was also named to the Commission on the Status of Women by President John F. Kennedy and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton and the Congressional Gold Medal by President George W. Bush.
She’s the 40th person to be featured in the Black Heritage Series of stamps, which honors a notable African-American each year. The Lawton Post Office and the local chapter of the NAACP have been doing these presentations for the last six years.
“I feel pretty honored and privileged that they came to me and asked me to be a part of that and I’m definitely obliged to be a part of it,” Lawton Postmaster JT Hoffman said.
Gaines said presentations on those from our past are extremely important, not only for us but also for the younger generation.
“You can’t just go around expecting people to give you anything or do anything,” Gaines said. “You have to earn it. And that’s what this is about, letting not only the African-American children know, but every child, every young person know that there is something they can do to enhance this world.”
Height was a special guest to President Barack Obama when he was inaugurated in 2009. She passed away in 2010 at the age of 98.
Save the Date!!!
The Officers and Members of the Lawton, Oklahoma Branch NAACP cordially invites you to attend the 2016 NAACP Freedom Fund & Awards Banquet on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Patterson Community Center.
The Freedom Fund Banquet serves to highlight issues that foster community relations, quality of life, and to recognize community leaders who advocate equality and diversity. The dinner represents our major fundraiser and your financial support enables us to continue our work with community groups who envision colorblind societies and an end of discrimination.
For tickets and/or sponsorship opportunity information click here for the NAACP Program Guide subscription and ticket order form. Ticket donations are $50 per person. Ticket deadline is September 1, 2016. Attire is business.
The NAACP is the oldest, largest, and most effective civil rights organization in the nation. It continues to advance its mission of improving the social, economic, and political conditions for all people. The Lawton, OK Branch NAACP can be reached at (580) 354-0355.
On December 2, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives – by an overwhelming vote of 359 yeas to 64 nays – passed the final version of S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act, otherwise known as the reauthorization (or updating) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) or, more recently No Child Let Behind. Although there are areas of the Every Student Succeeds Act that fall short of the goals promoted by the NAACP including a strong federal role or sufficient resources being authorized to educate our children, this bill is an improvement on the legislation that passed the House and Senate and will better serve the most vulnerable students than current law.
Now that the final version has passed the House of Representatives, it needs to pass the U.S. Senate before going to President Obama for his signature and to become law. A vote is expected in the U.S. Senate next Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Please take a moment over the next few days to contact both your Senators and urge them to support moving the final bill to the President’s desk for his signature and enactment.
For information on what the bill does and how you can be an effective advocate, please see the linked Issue update / Action Alert.