March 24, 1912 – April 20, 2010
She is being remembered as the heroine of the civil rights movement. Dr Dorothy Height, president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women died on Tuesday at the age of 98. The longtime Washington D.C. resident died at Howard University Hospital where she had been since March 25. Dr. Height was a woman who advised many Presidents of the United States on civil rights issues and attended almost every Black Family Reunion held on the Washington Square. You would be hard pressed to find a photo of the grande dame without her signature hat. She was a lady of class and power throughout her lifetime. I spoke with Kweisi Mfume former President and CEO of the NAACP and current Executive Leader of the National Medical Association about the legacy of Dr. Height.
Dr. Dorothy Height will be remembered with other great queens of the civil rights movement like Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King. These were women who worked tirelessly to further the rights of every African American in this country. Let’s hope that many of our young people who don’t already know her story will read about her life and will be moved to keep her legacy alive.
Here is President Obama’s statement on the death of Dr. Dorothy Height.
“Michelle and I were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dorothy Height – the godmother of the Civil Rights Movement and a hero to so many Americans. Ever since she was denied entrance to college because the incoming class had already met its quota of two African American women, Dr. Height devoted her life to those struggling for equality. She led the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years, and served as the only woman at the highest level of the Civil Rights Movement – witnessing every march and milestone along the way. And even in the final weeks of her life – a time when anyone else would have enjoyed their well-earned rest – Dr. Height continued her fight to make our nation a more open and inclusive place for people of every race, gender, background and faith. Michelle and I offer our condolences to all those who knew and loved Dr. Height – and all those whose lives she touched.”
Funeral arrangements for Dr. Height are pending at the time of this post. To learn more about the life of this great woman click here >>>>