The assignment was to design a stamp to honor Dorothy Height, the tireless activist who dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality, for the Postal Service's Black Heritage series of stamps.
Working with gouache and acrylics on board, the artist used some of Height’s favorite colors and an art reference photograph that reflected her penchant for stylish and coordinated outfits, to evoke the warmth, grace, and dignity of one of the most important civil rights leaders of the 20th century. One specific challenge that the artist met was to balance her skin color with her lavender clothing in a way that appeared natural.
This stamp garnered a great deal of positive media attention and enhanced the diversity of the stamp program while educating Americans about a remarkable woman and her role in U.S. history. This issuance is very popular; over 30 million stamps have been sold.