Dorothy Height, “Godmother” Of The American Civil Rights Movement |

3 Chics is posting another Black History thread, well; because WE CAN!  :-)  We love Ms. Dorothy Height!

wiki:  Dorothy Irene Height (March 24, 1912 – April 20, 2010)[1] was an American administrator, educator, and social activist. She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.[1]

Height was born in Richmond, Virginia. At a very early age, she moved with her family to Rankin, Pennsylvania, a steel town in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. Height was admitted to Barnard College in 1929, but upon arrival, she was denied entrance because the school had an unwritten policy of admitting only two black students per year.[2] She pursued studies instead at New York University, earning a degree in 1932, and a master’s degree in educational psychology the following year.[3]

Height started working as a caseworker with the New York City Welfare Department and, at the age of twenty-five, she began a career as a civil rights activist when she joined the National Council of Negro Women. She fought for equal rights for both African Americans and women, and in 1944 she joined the national staff of the YWCA. She also served as National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority from 1946 to 1957.[4] She remained active with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority throughout her life. While there she developed leadership training programs and interracial and ecumenical education programs.[4]

In 1957, Height was named president of the National Council of Negro Women, a position she held until 1997. During the height of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Height organized “Wednesdays in Mississippi“,[5] which brought together black and white women from the North and South to create a dialogue of understanding.

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5 Responses to Dorothy Height, “Godmother” Of The American Civil Rights Movement |

  1. Vice President Biden speaks to guests at the third annual Black History Month reception at the Naval Observatory, February 27, 2012 (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

  2. rikyrah says:

    She is a true AMERICAN hero.

    She has been one of my personal heroes for a very long time.

  3. Ametia says:

    Jueseppi, you’ve got me *blushing* Thank you, fo all your loving support of 3 Chics.
    *skips off to receive some SUNSHINE* :-)

  4. Ametia,

    I agree, Dorothy Height was a great woman, and truly believed in soverignty and civility between all people of color, and i have to say that must have been really hard for her at times. The ignorance her generation dealt with was unprecedented, a horror to all of mankind. Yet she remained human despite the malignancies permeating throughout society. Thank you for bringing such a heroic woman who sported the greatest hats I have ever seen. You are truly a talented, and genuine writer! I enjoy reading your posts alot!

    • Ametia says:

      Hi penny. Welcome to 3 Chics. Thank you. It’s easy and a pleasure when we have such GREATNESS to write about. My Sistah Chics do the DO here too. Stop in when you can.

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