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Women’s History Month: Dr. Dorothy Height


March 24th marks the birthday of the late civil rights icon, Dr. Dorothy Height who began her 70-year activist journey at age 25, by joining the National Council of Negro Women.  She would later be elected to lead the organization, and served as president for 40 years.

In the thick of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, Height established “Wednesdays in Mississippi.”  This weekly meeting encouraged conversations between women of all races in order to find common ground.

 Dr. Height was also among the esteemed members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, having been initiated in 1939 through Rho Chapter at Columbia University. She is also a past president of the organization.

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.

Dr. Height would have been 107 years old today.


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