President Barack Obama recently signed H.R. 6118 into law. It names the United States Postal Service office located on Massachusetts Avenue in northeast D.C. after civil rights pioneer Dorothy Height. “This bill, (marks) the first time a federal building in the nation’s capital has been named for an African American woman, and is cause for celebration,” Eleanor Holmes Norton said in a statement. “Dorothy Height was an icon for social justice who lived here, and Congress has recognized that she deserves a visible place of honor and distinction in the nation’s capital.

Renaming the post office next to Union Station will remind D.C. and the nation alike of the achievements of one of America’s great women.”

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