Black History Month
Dorothy Height (March 24, 1912 – April 20, 2010)
Among her many accolades, Height received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994.
Born in Virginia in 1912, Dorothy Height was a civil rights and women’s rights activist focused primarily on improving the circumstances of and opportunities for African-American women. She was a leader in addressing the rights of both women and African Americans as the president of the National Council of Negro Women.
After working for a time as a social worker, Height joined the staff of the Harlem YWCA in 1937. One of Height’s major accomplishments at the YWCA was directing the integration of all of its centers in 1946. She also established its Center for Racial Justice in 1965, which she ran until 1977. In 1957, Height became the president of the National Council of Negro Women.
In 2004, President George W. Bush gave Height the Congressional Gold Medal
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