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Dorothy Height has been dubbed the “Godmother of Civil Rights” by Barack Obama, has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal but now, the former Delta Sigma Theta National President is being honored by the United States Postal Service with her own stamp.

To honor Black history month this year, the US Postal Service is releasing a stamp of the civil rights activist to their Black Heritage Series on the Forever Stamp. For those who do not know, Forever Stamps are first-class stamps issued by the United States Postal Service that are special because you can buy them at the current first-class postage rate, and they remain valid even if that rate rises in the future.

Height’s stamp is the 40th stamp in the Black Heritage Series and she is 15th woman in the series.

This stamp will be the first of its kind given to someone who has served as the president of a Black Sorority. Height is not the only Delta to have a stamp in this collection though, she follows her soror Shirley Chisolm, the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress.

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Dorothy Height was born in Richmond, Virginia, Height and was a major player in civil rights movement. She was president of the National Council of Negro Women and in 1963 she helped organize the March on Washington working with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pushing women’s rights, she also co-founded the National Women’s Political Caucus.

According to a press release issued by the sorority in 2010, “Height was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in 1939 through Rho Chapter at Columbia University. She went on to serve as the 10th National President of the Sorority from 1947-1956. During her tenure, she oversaw the purchase of the Sorority’s first National Headquarters building. She was involved in hiring the organization’s first executive director, The Honorable Patricia Roberts Harris. Dr. Height also developed leadership training programs as well as interracial and ecumenical educational programs for members of Delta Sigma Theta as well as other organizations and institutions throughout the United States.”

Sorority Sisters Dr. Betty Shabazz, Dorothy Height, Shirley Chisholm & Marian Anderson in Photo by Hal Mathewson, New York Daily News

“She was on the front lines fighting for the equality of all people for more than half a century,” Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority said in a statement to NBCBLK. “It is because of her impenetrable resolve to stand for the civil and human rights of women, families, and children that we are afforded the freedoms enjoyed today.”

“The Postal Service is proud to honor civil rights icon Dorothy Height, an American treasure, whose illustrious career spanned almost a century,” said Ronald Stroman, deputy postmaster general and chief government relations officer, who dedicated the stamp. “The Dorothy Height Forever stamp will serve as a lasting tribute to her life and legacy of seeking equality and justice for all Americans, regardless of ethnicity, gender or race.”

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Former Ntl. President of Delta Sigma Theta, Congresswoman Fudge, Introduces Bill to Track Hazing on a National Level

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Former Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. National President and current U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 11th congressional district, Marcia Fudge has introduced a bill that would require universities by federal law to include the hazing incidents in their yearly crime reports.

Fudge and her co-sponsor, Pennsylvania Republican Patrick Meehan, believe that tracking college hazing will allow authorities grasp the practice’s prevalence and figure out how to reduce it on a national level.

“The bill would require schools that participate in federal financial aid programs to disclose hazing incidents, arrests and disciplinary referrals in their yearly security reports and to implement a hazing education program for students,” Cleveland.com states.

“We cannot act only after an unfortunate incident occurs,” Fudge said in a statement. “We need a strategy that will address hazing at its core. Accurate college reporting will provide the data we need to develop legislative solutions for administrators and faculty and protect our nation’s college students.”

Fudge is a Past National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she served from 1996 to 2000 and is a member of the Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter. She has also served as the co-chair of the sorority’s National Social Action Commission. Last year, after the leak of internal documents from the Democratic Party that forced Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down, Rep. Fudge served as the chair of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Rep. Fudge’s hazing bill has been endorsed by Pennsylvania State University, where Timothy Piazza, an engineering student, died earlier this year from of injuries sustained while pledging Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

The bill is currently being endorsed by organizations including the National Panhellenic Conference and the North-American Interfraternity Conference.

“The likelihood is very good that we are going to get it passed. It is a bipartisan bill and I think we are going to be great. I think they are going to pass it because everybody knows it is a problem.” Marcia said when asked if she thought the bill was going to pass by Cleveland.com reporters.

Marcia Louise Fudge has served as the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 11th congressional district since 2008, a district that includes most of the black-majority areas between Cleveland and Akron. Fudge was initially elected to Congress in November 2008. She was the first African American and the first female mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and an original co-chair of the Democrats for Public Education. She is active in the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, Congressional Military Family Caucus, STEM Education Caucus, Children’s Caucus (Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Taskforce on Childhood Obesity).

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Melanin Poppin’: Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae from Lincoln University Do Beautiful Bahamas Photoshoot

To celebrate the 30th birthday of one of their sorors, alumnae of Lincoln University, PA who were initiated through the Zeta Omega Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta went to the Bahamas for a sisterhood trip.

While on the trip, the ladies hit the beach on Rose Island for a photo shoot that will make you want to buy a ticket to the Bahamas ASAP. We reached out to the women in the photos and they told us that this was more than just a group vacation.

“This was more than just a girls trip, it was a celebration of life, education, reaching career goals and love. We believe that a sister holds you up and never lets you down.”

“We are educators, counselors, attorneys, registered nurse, directors, managers, and entrepreneurs,” @bpain1, one of the ladies in the photos told Watch The Yard.

Currently, we have been seeing a rise in Black sorority sisterhood trips and we love it. There is nothing like relaxing and enjoying the special bond that is sisterhood in the sun next to crystal clear water!

Check out their STUNNING photos below!

“We believe that a sister holds you up and never lets you down,” one of the ladies told Watch The Yard.

Photo Credit: @i.candice

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This Is What Happens When the Deltas and Ques From Clark Atlanta University Team up for a Coleman Love Yard Show

You already know it is going down when the Ques and Deltas at Clark Atlanta University team up!

The Beta Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and the Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. teamed up for a joint yard show and it is one for the books.

Watch below as they stroll, recite information, and celebrate everything that is Coleman Love!


Shot by @Cauontheyardcau and emmanuel11246

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