We Remember Dorothy Height


By Gary A. Johnson

April 20, 2010

Civil rights pioneer Dr. Dorothy Height, died Tuesday at age 98, at Howard University Hospital.  Height, who had been Chair and President of the National Council of Negro Women, a group she led from 1957 to 1988, when she became the group’s chair and president emerita.  She also worked in the 1960’s alongside other civil rights icons including Rev. Martin Luther King, Benjamin Hooks, A. Phillip Randolph, and John Lewis.

President Obama called her the Godmother of the Civil Rights movement.  Height’s years of service span from President Roosevelt to the Obama administration.  She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 by President Clinton and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.

Beyond these tremendous accolades, if one looks deeper, millions of women can link their success to Dorothy Height.  I spent most of my life surrounded by successful women who have Dorothy Height to thank as their inspiration.  I bet the number of women mentored by Dr. Height is in the thousands.  Name a woman of any color who exemplifies the class stature and dignity of Dorothy Height?

Her passing leaves a tremendous void in the area of quiet dignity and strength.  To learn more about Dr. Height and the National Council for Negro Women visit their official web site at:  http://www.ncnw.org.

Gary Johnson is the Founder & Publisher of Black Men In America.com a popular online magazine on the Internet and the Black Men In America.com Blog. Gary is also the author of the new book“25 Things That Really Matter In Life.”

One Response to “We Remember Dorothy Height”

  1. Yes, Queen Dr. Dorothy Height was the first renown American figure to sign on with the Benjamin Banneker Memorial endeavor from year one in 1996, along with Kings Col. Ezra Cummings and Drs. John Hope Franklin and the more recently transitioned mathematical Genius, Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz, World Renown Sculptor, Ms. Tina Allen, and the progenitor who successfully lobbied to have Banneker Overlook Park in the Nation’s Capital named for him in 1967, renown Historian and Author, Mrs. Louise Hutchinson. May they all RIP.

    They are all sorely missed. Too bad not enough of those who have come after them have not followed suit with their selfless Genius, Compassion, Commitment to Society and Selfless Love.

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