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By Matt Laslo

The woman some call the unofficial "godmother" of the civil rights movement, Dorothy Height, may soon be getting a post office named after her in the District.

From the 1930s on Height fought simultaneously for racial and gender equality. She became one of the most prominent women in the civil rights movement as it made gains in the sixties. Next week D.C. delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is introducing a bill to name the post office next to Union Station after her. Norton says Height may continue to break barriers even after her April death.

"The Dorothy I. Height Post Office Building will be the first federal building in the nation's capital named for an African American woman," Norton said.

Congress has to approve the bill, but Norton doesn't expect opposition.

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