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In Memory of A Grand Lady

Dorothy Irene Height

March 24, 1912 – April 20, 2010

  • Presidential Citizens Medal (1989)

  • Spingarn Medal from the NAACP (1993)

  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Freedom From Want Award (1993)

  • inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame (1993)

  • Presidential Medal of Freedom (1994)[1]

  • 7th Annual Heinz Award Chairman’s Medal (2001)[7]

  • Listed on Molefi Kete Asante’s list of 100 Greatest African
    Americans (2002) [8]

  • Congressional Gold Medal by President George W. Bush on behalf of
    the United States Congress (Approved, 2003) (Awarded, 2004)[1]

  • Flag Half-Staff Day for Death of Dorothy Height, observed on
    April 29th, 2010. Ordered by President Barack Obama on April 26th, 2010, to
    mourn her death.

Dorothy Height was born in Richmond Virginia on March 24, 1912 . She was educated in public schools in Rankin, Pennsylvania, a small town near Pittsburgh where her family moved when she was four. Dr. Height established herself early as a dedicated student with exceptional oratorical skills which won her a $1,000 scholarship in a national oratorical contest. (more ……)

Dorothy Irene Height, who served as President of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years until 1997, sits in front of her featured story board inside the “Freedom’s Sisters” exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati. Height, who as longtime president of the National Council of Negro Women was the leading female voice of the 1960s civil rights movement

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