BHM: Dorothy Irene Height

Never heard of her? Time to remedy that.

Civil and human rights activists.
For her years of service to the nation, which stretched back to her work with former first Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Height was awarded America”s two highest civilian awards: the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992 by President Bill Clinton and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004 through an act of Congress

She was the female team leader among the six leaders of the civil rights movement which included Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. At the 1963 March on Washington, Height was on the platform when King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech after convincing the leadership to allow the young preacher to speak last and more than five minutes.

During the civil rights era, Height led NCNW to deal with unmet needs of women and their families by combating hunger and establishing decent housing and home ownership programs through the federal government for low-income families

From 1947-1956, Height served as the 10th national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and helped to expand the organization”s social activism in the United States and abroad. She pursued studies at New York University where she earned her Master”s Degree in social work. She has received 36 honorary degrees, the NAACP”s Spingarn Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal.

All info was found in her obituary. All you have to do is Google her and you’ll find plenty of information! Black history is American history.

xoxo Kaisha

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