NYU Steinhardt and U.S. Postal Service Celebrate Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Height

NYU Steinhardt Alumna Dorothy Height (BA ’33, MA ’35, HON ’75) was honored with a special FOREVER stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service in honor of Black History Month.

A leader of the African-American and women’s rights movements, Height worked alongside prominent civil rights activists and shared the stage with Martin Luther King, Jr. at the historic 1963 March on Washington.

Height had a certain fondness for NYU’s School of Education (Steinhardt), and liked to tell interviewers how she arrived, transcript in hand, and was accepted on the spot after being rejected by Barnard because the college’s “two Negro per year” admissions quota had just been filled.

“From that day forward I have loved every brick of  that university,” she wrote in her memoir, Open Wide the Freedom Gates.

“The Dorothy Height Forever stamp serves as a lasting tribute to her life and legacy of seeking equality and justice for all Americans, regardless of ethnicity, gender, or race.” said deputy postmaster general, Ronald Stroman, in a special dedication ceremony at Howard University on February 1st.

Height is the second NYU Steinhardt alumnus to be honored by the U.S. Postal Service. The art of Romare Bearden (1911-1988) was featured on a set of FOREVER stamps in 2012.

Bearden, a 1935 graduate of NYU’s School of Education, broke social and artistic barriers with his painting, and is best known for collages that use African American culture to explore the complexities of modern life.