Congresswoman Gwen Moore Announces U.S. Postal Service Dedication Ceremony In Honor Of “Vel R. Phillips”

Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) announces special U.S. Postal Service ceremony to rename Post Office in honor of the great Velvalea Hortense Rodgers "Vel" Phillips

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Washington, April 11, 2019 | comments


For Immediate Release
April 11, 2019


Contact:
Jeanette Lenoir
(202)225-4572

Congresswoman Gwen Moore Announces U.S. Postal Service Dedication Ceremony In Honor Of “Vel R. Phillips”

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) announces special U.S. Postal Service ceremony to rename Post Office in honor of the great Velvalea Hortense Rodgers "Vel" Phillips.

“Velvalea Hortense Rodgers Phillips was affectionately known as ‘Vel Phillips.’ She was a woman of many firsts. From the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Wisconsin Law School, the first black Secretary of State of Wisconsin, the first woman, and the first African American, elected to the Milwaukee Common Council, the first woman, including the first black woman, to serve as a jurist in Wisconsin to the first African American woman to be an advisor to President John F. Kennedy. Vel made her mark in this world, forever securing her rightful place in our nation’s history,” said Congresswoman Moore.

“Vel was not only my friend and mentor, she was my shero. She dedicated her life in service of others. Vel reached back and pulled others up, using her candle to ignite those of others, never believing it would diminish her own light. She was the humanitarian the world desperately needs today. During the civil rights movement Vel proposed an ordinance to outlaw housing discrimination in Milwaukee, and as a matter of fact, federal Fair Housing laws were later modeled after her proposal. She was also an active member of the NAACP. She marched and protested like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did against all forms of discrimination. This dedication is a fitting tribute to a great woman who gave so much to her community and her country. I’m so proud to have been touched by her light.” 

The dedication ceremony will take place Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Click the links below for the details. 

Vel Phillips Dedication Ceremony Program

USPS Vel Phillips Dedication Flyer

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